#4 Health (a virtual world)

 

Health, a virtual world

The human being is a fragile creature. In the series ‘Health’ Gabriëlla tries to process her feelings that are triggered by pain, illness, health problems, the care of a family member. It  belongs to life and Gabriëlla tries to translate it into her virtual worlds. 

Gabriëlla: “Every person gets to deal with health problems. Life is not always a bed of roses. That’s very recognizable.”

How does it inspire? Gabriëlla: “It’s an addiction of the mind. It’s a way of fixating my life in images. It gives meaning to life. A lot of people don’t know what to do with those feelings. It’s my way of dealing with it, turning in into a meaningful power.”

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Gabriëlla:

“I’m like a tree making her own leaves.” (Gaby showing a book with tribal art photographed by Hans Silvester)

“For me it’s like breathing: i can’t stop it. My virtual worlds are spontaneous, i don’t have to think, i’m like a tree making her own leaves. I become nature that way. Like the creations of some African tribes, i work fast, inspired by my gut feeling.”

Pain

Gabriëlla’s husband, laying in a hospital bed. He has to wait for the operation while the sun is shining outside. The contradiction of life. Gabriëlla: “And i have to leave him there, it hurts a lot.”

The sun becomes a dark thing, in a dark room. Gabriëlla talks about it in colors: “My heart hurts. My thinking is red and crenelated in black. The Christ figure symbolizes pain. The empathy you feel when somebody else is in pain. That’s why i painted myself laying in bed.”

 
Gabriella Cleuren,  Pain , 2017  Highly pigmented acrylics on prepared Steinbach 250/300 g/mg paper, 42 x 29 cm

Gabriella Cleuren, Pain, 2017

Highly pigmented acrylics on prepared Steinbach 250/300 g/mg paper, 42 x 29 cm

 

Prayer For Jan

In the painting you can see the initials of a person that died.

Gabriëlla: “Somebody that i knew. You can see he’s a wreck. His wife is there too, i feel with her, that’s what i tried to express.”

The painter splits the world in two, her way to express this deep sadness. There’s purple and there’s the pictograms representing speech.

Gabriëlla: “You want to say something to those people, but there are no words. Sharing grief is a big comfort. Respect for the sound of silence.”

It’s a memory about somebody who passed away and the impact on family and friends, translated into Gabriëlla’s speedy Virtual Worlds style.

 
Gabriella Cleuren,  Prayer For Jan , 2015  Highly pigmented acrylics on prepared Steinbach 250/300 g/mg paper, 42 x 29 cm

Gabriella Cleuren, Prayer For Jan, 2015

Highly pigmented acrylics on prepared Steinbach 250/300 g/mg paper, 42 x 29 cm

 

The Evening Falls Too Early

The night falls too early. And Gabriëlla doesn’t like that at all: “A lot of things that i experience during the day, start to relive in my mind at night.”

It’s a dark blue night with stars, the moon is coming out. Gabriëlla: “The sun is disappearing and becomes black. You can see the thinking, you can feel the sadness, the black moves of the night. The figure is very red, the color of big emotions.”

Picasso needed the night to be able to work in silence. Not for Gabriëlla: “I love the sun, she gives me energy. Without the light i can’t create, i cry bloody tears instead.”

Check out more paintings from the Health-series here

 
Gabriella Cleuren,  The Evening Falls Too Early, 2015   Highly pigmented acrylics on prepared Steinbach 250/300 g/mg paper, 42 x 29 cm

Gabriella Cleuren, The Evening Falls Too Early, 2015

Highly pigmented acrylics on prepared Steinbach 250/300 g/mg paper, 42 x 29 cm

 
 

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