Throughout her work, Inez de Brauw (1989, The Hague) shows fascination with the domestic space. Her current paintings are inspired by model houses and interiors taken from lifestyle magazines. The interior photos, which the paintings are based on, echo and amplify our desires, and what we desire is influenced by the pictures: the photos are copying life by studying our wishes and behaviour. And then life is copying the photos. As such, the paintings can become a framework that reflect the continued migration of forms and ideas, from magazines to real life, back into magazines, in an endless mirroring of historic forms and their imitations.
The idea of constant migration and transformation though trends is furthered by de Brauw's technique. De Brauw paints mostly on polyptychs and encourages the viewer-owner to reshuffle the panels to create a new painting. She searches for materials that further imply transformative aspects, such as the ancient technique of ebru (water marbling), plaster, DC motors and moire materials as black threads and selfmade lenticular lenses. De Brauw fills her paintings with these contradictions and repetitions to create a dreamlike mise en abym, in which each aspect adds to the painting’s sense of being adrift from historical specificity within current commercialism.
Inez de Brauw lives and works in Amsterdam. She received her BFA (with honours) at HKU Utrecht in 2014. She participated in residenties at Vermont Studio Center (2022), and Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam (2016-2017). Exhibitions include 'Home is where the art is' Kunsthal Rotterdam (2022), 'Thuis' in the Kunsthal of Kunstlinie Almere (2021), On sight’ in 38CC in Delft (2020), 'Lost and Found in Paradise' hosted by ARTUNER in Paris (2019) and 'Trouble in Paradise', at the Kunsthal Rotterdam (2018).
De Brauw won the NN Public Art Award in 2022, was nominated for multiple awards including Royal Award for Modern Painting in 2018, and received various grants, most recently Werktuig PPO (2022) and the Mondrian Fund Basic (2023).
PDF Portfolio (2022)
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