Morphed between pure plains of color, human faces and plant bodies, the crying figures of Lysandre Begijn (°1977, NL) confront us with the emotions we do not want to let in. Toxic positivity is a growing dysfunction in contemporary relationships, where people tend to ignore or not acknowledge negative emotions. Inspired by psychoanalysis, Lysandre invites us to embrace anger and sadness as parts of our natural composure. She invites us to have a deep introspection of who we are and what our place in the natural world is. In some cultures, a healing process can only start after one has confronted their demons and has cleansed themselves from toxic fluids. These ideas feed the imaginary stories behind the masks, trees and mythological figures. Are they mourning about themselves, or about the loss of nature amidst a sea of toxic colours?
Works in Sugar for the Pill:
• Vital Vomit, 2019. Acrylic on vinyl.
• Stagger Blossom, 2022. Acrylic on wood.
• Bleu Comanche, 2022. Acrylic on wood.
• Oiran Tree, 2022. Acrylic on wood.
Lysandre Begijn lives and works in Ghent.
Studied at KASK, sculpture and mixed media in Ghent Belgium after bachelor Psychology at Ugent. Showed her work in and outside Belgium in several groupshows and duoshows.
Her work explores the human condition in an imaginairy world. She paints on wood. Sometimes she adds African fabrics, ropes and chains.