Sharon Van Overmeiren

Sharon Van Overmeiren

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Capricious Swirl

In collaboration with Instituut voor volkswarmte.

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Sharon works with ceramics, bronze and beeswax to create sculptural figures. She borrows and transforms shapes, symbols and decorative patterns that cross her path, tapping into the infinite flow of visual information that runs through our collective (sub)consciousness. She does so out of a fascination for the universal currents that various religions, cultures and social movements of our human species have in common.

Amidst an increasingly heated climate, the artist proposes a monument for refreshment. The large-scale work, made from brickwork and intricate ceramics, incorporates “adiabatic cooling”: an ancestral thermodynamic system based on evaporation, which produces cold air by channelling water through warm wind currents. This principle also occurs in nature and has been applied globally by cultures dating back to Ancient Egypt. Adiabatic cooling, incidentally, works more effectively as the outside temperature increases. Thanks to the integration of a rain water tank, the sculpture supports itself through the focus of nature, using its elements in a circular way. Developed in collaboration with Instituut voor Volkswarmte (Institute for societal warmth), Capricious Swirl is a permanent intervention at Asiat Park. It takes shape as a ruin, a portal, a grotto where people can shelter from the heat.

Sharon Van Overmeiren (Belgium, 1985) is a sculptor who decontextualizes shapes from a transcultural and transhistorical set of references, unearthing their formal qualities as well as their symbolic essence, by placing them on equal footing. She was a resident at EKWC European Ceramic Working Centre, NL; at Wiels Contemporary Art Center, Brussels, BE and at Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht,  NL. She is represented by Damien & The Love Guru and recently exhibited at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts KMSKA, Antwerp, BE; Keramiekmuseum Princessehof, NL; Neur Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, DE; Nir Altman Munich DE; PLUS ONE Gallery, Antwerp, BE; Rodolphe Janssen Gallery, Brussels, BE.  She lives and works in Antwerp.

This work was made possible thanks to the support of Eloy, as well as the Friends of Horst.

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