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Caroline Herck

Caroline Herck



After two first cycles of general secondary studies, I finished the last cycle at Saint Luc Liège in Fine Art section. I then went abroad for a year to learn English and Dutch. Back in Belgium, I earned a Fine Arts bachelor’s degree at Saint Luc Brussels in Fine Arts. After that, I led creative and spiritual workshops for several years in a Catholic primary school in Brussels and earned a Bachelor of Theology at Lumen Vitae at the same time. Then I worked as an art educator with mentally handicapped adults in a Day Care Center. At the same time, I did some painting and textile jewelry exhibitions in Brussels and Wallonia. For a couple of years, I gave private painting and drawing lessons. At the same time, I participated to several training courses in Belgium and France to improve my knowledge of Old Master painting technique. Until now, I have taken part in several exhibitions. Painting is a gift and an evidence. It brings me inner peace, joy and clarity. I am always delighted to share an artistic moment with other people. In my painting and sketching work, as well as in my “little bodies” textile work, my research questions the states, metamorphoses and mutilations of the contemporary human body and the mind that inhabits it, as they get conditioned by the events they go through. As well as the impact of our limiting beliefs and how we can transcend them. I question the mind- body: de/malformed, touched, moved, diverted, mutilated, disabled, aged, embryonic. The interventions that we make on that body, the prostheses and the ornaments that we attach to it, the resistances and limiting beliefs imposed by the individual mind or the society. The questioning that we can have about the aesthetics of this transformed body. The stories that we attach to it, the resonance and the questioning that it provokes in us. The figure of the lobster started to appear in my painting work a few years ago. I found the molting process of the lobster cycle deeply inspiring. That powerful growing and regenerating process, going through fragility and strength, loss and expansion, inner and outer state was echoing the human process of getting freed from the mind-body resistances. Childhood is close to the virgin state of our genesis; it is an energetic state directly connected to our vital source , abundant, joyful, non-resistant. As we grow and evolve in the outer world, the conditionings that shape our human stories by carving our bodies and minds takes us away from our source. The suffering starts where the identification to those stories of living appears. The lobster symbolises that gap, that moment out of time and space, out of the story, that resonance of Life inside of us, that gut feeling, that deep nature of expansion we are rooted to. The next step of our living will depend on the decision that we make. It is our power, our potential and at the same time it goes through a moment of great vulnerability. Will we listen to it and if yes, how? This is the questioning of my paintings.


1998: collective painting exhibition in Bruxelles

1999: collective painting exhibition- Eureka gallery- in Hannut

2006-2010: several temporary painting exhibitions in Bruxelles ans Wavre

2012: collective painting exhibition in the province of Liége

2014: collective textile exhibition-Les Drapiers gallery- in Liége

2018: collective textile and painting exhibition in Saint Luc Liége school of Art

2018: collective textile and painting exhibition- Cultural Center Les Capucins- in Stavelot

2023: collective exhibition - INTERFERENCES, Mads Art Gallery.


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