Jolien De Roo is the first laureate and prize winner of ArtContest 2018, supported by Boghossian Foundation. She showed her paintings, sculptures and videos in the Project Space of the Villa Empain.
De Roo questions the relation between the presence and the absence of meaning. In each work, a precisely constructed and layered image is outlining a strange combination of abstract and figurative elements. Ambiguous forms often become figures inside the scenario of the image. Intrigued by the idea of creating a universe in which all those characters meet, no work can be understood by itself and each image questions itself relating to the other pictures. Therefore, De Roo ask herself how far she can, as an artist, manipulate the meaning associated to her works; does the act to give a meaning to an image depend exclusively on the viewer or is it the prerogative of the artist as creator?