Inspired by medieval female communities of solidarity and the spaces of healing represented in medieval manuscripts, Laurie Charles (°1987, BE) rewrites the history of medicine. What if female or non-gendered bodies would work together to heal all ailments? For this, she draws deeply from her own experience with an autoimmune disease. Her large fabric paintings, small drawings and soft furnishings invite us to think about empathy, cyclical and natural bodily thinking, and taking time to rest. Curtains, cushions and soft paintings appear in the space as stage props for storytelling; a story about comfort and care.
Works in Sugar for the Pill:
• Pills, 2022. Painting on textile.
• Another history of doctors in the middle ages, 2022. Aquarel on paper and acrylic on canvas.
• Cells, 2020. Textile, EPS.
Laurie Charles (b. 1987, Belgium) lives and works in Brussels. She is a visual and textual storyteller, she writes and paints speculative narratives on large canvases. Her artistic practice is multi-faceted, and has always been collaborative, responsive, socially engaged and choreographically conscious. She demonstrates a holistic approach to her work, consolidating and collapsing multiple fields to allow her to engage with a variety of ideas, disciplines, publics, techniques across her productions. Among other venues, her work has been exhibited at Terzo Fronte – Roma, Wiels – Brussels, Efremidis Gallery in Berlin, Grazer Kunstverein – Graz, CIAP Kunstverein – Hasselt, 1646 – project space for contemporary art – The Hague, Nanjing International Art Festival – Nanjing, Beursschouwburg – Brussels, Komplot – Brussels, and Le Commissariat – Paris.