Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven

Art on This Day

 

Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven aka AMVK was born on this day in 1951 in Antwerp, Belgium. 

 

She studied graphic design at the Fine Arts Academy in Antwerp and has been prolific since the early eighties in her output of drawings and other works on paper and synthetic material, as well as short videos.

A straightforward female tone pervades in all her works, in which the erotic meets machine-fetishism. Interiors often serve as settings for her drawings and collages, from which dream-like futuristic enactments between human and machine-like forms unfold. For her, the interior is a place loaded with references, connected to philosophical constructs.

In the nineties, hand-made paper works gave way to computer graphics, while text has always featured alongside images, underlining the message of Van Kerckhoven’s proud, sometimes exhibitionist female figures like song-lyrics. Music plays an important role in her creative production in parallel to her visual output. Together with her husband Danny Devos aka DDV, they founded the band Club Moral (1981-now) which has been important for the development of the Antwerp experimental music scene.

She explores the relation between art, science, politics and social issues. For years, she worked in the periphery of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in Brussels, where the functions of the human brain are studied and reconstructed. There she explored the uneasy accessible area of the unconscious. Hence, she positioned herself within a reviving tradition where scientists and artists try to collaborate and attempt to achieve a more humane society.

 

Since 2005, she is working on conceptual and pictorial trialogue between the mystic Marguerite Porete, the hermetic Giordano Bruno and the philosopher Herbert Marcuse.

 

She is represented by Zeno X Gallery in Antwerp, Belgium, and by Galerie Barbara Thumm in Berlin, Germany.