Kaat Van Doren (Mechelen, B) is a multidisciplinary visual artist.
Born and educated in a Western European context, she investigates through her artistic practice the concept of 'nature' and reflects on the western paradoxical relationship with nature. Through romantic traditions of thought such as the picturesque landscape, the impact of industrialization and the current capitolocene paradigm, she searches for resonance in a symbiotic world view - the romantic paradox as a dynamic for change. She is steadily developing a sustainable artistic practice in which the ‘passing of time’ claims its place and also becomes a medium.
Kaat grew up in a rural environment where she built up a sensory feeling for natural phenomena and the interdependence between human and nature. She studied Free Arts at LUCA (Brussels) and obtained her Master’s degree at HISK (Antwerp). Convinced of the importance of art, as a mirror of the world, she is fulfilling a teaching assignment at Sint-Lukas kunsthumaniora Brussel for many years. She recently obtained an Advanced Master of Research in Art and Design at Karel de Grote University College /St Lucas School of Arts (Antwerp). Her work was rewarded by the international achievement Laureate Arte Laguna Prize Venice (2018) section Land Art for her in-situ installation Miroir Noir (2017, Campus Coppens Brasschaat, B)
My current artistic research circles around three concepts in my works Miroir Noir, Waiting (F)or and Golden Hour, in which time recurs again and again as a paradoxical core, hereby reflecting on the relationship between human - time and space, and representing the (in)visible processes of change in which the world is intertwined. I investigate how I can make these processes more perceptive and visible by concentrating on the properties of raw materials such as the viscosity of bitumen, the power of the wind, the light waves of the sun and the rotation of the earth. Not to analyze them all, but to emphasize the inseparable connection and mutual influence between human and the environment.The processes and their form of presentation are becoming more and more the subject. Giving a voice to this essential dynamic of the ever-changing immeasurable and uncontrollable (in)predictability of Nature and its human dependency. A juxtaposition with the global dominant mathematical conception of reality and the conviction to comprehend by measuring and calculating (from which I, too, seem to find it difficult to escape).
Plato sees the shadow as an example of second-rate knowledge. Pliny the Elder describes in his myth of origin that painting, invented by a woman, originated from the shadow. The origin of painting, therefore, lies in an absent subject. In the 18th century, a Miroir Noir (or Claude glass), a round convex hand mirror with a black background, was used. Painters, tourists, and poets used this to look at the landscape. With their backs to a landscape to be admired, they saw in the black mirror a different image of reality: a broader field of view with a few details and colour effects that evokes the colour palette of Claude Lorrain. The world was seen as one wanted to see it: as an idealized world.
These historical references in the Western history of imagination have greatly influenced me and inspired my artistic practice, because they refer to making present what is absent and vice versa.
Nowadays almost all people around the world look in black mirrors (tablets, etc.) in which the world becomes visible and they have the opportunity to choose which aspects of the world they allow or prefer to see and how they want to be seen themselves.
Purity is fiction.
Danckaers, Tine, artikel “Ons tegensprekelijk geluk? Dat we kinderen van de zon zijn.”
MO Mondiaal Nieuws, gepubliceerd op 26/12/2020
Debatty, Regine, blog post “Climate Surprise, A Temperature-Sensitive Exhibition”
We Make Money Not Art, gepubliceerd op 28/02/2019
De Meulemeester, Thijs, artikel "Wie koopt dat?"
Sabato De Tijd, gepubliceerd op 14/11/2018
From the series RESEARCH TABLES
KIOSK's Fanzine Linda Nochlin Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?
Editorial team: Els Roelandt, Simon Delobel and Louise SouvagieFrom the series
Artisthome & studio & artist-run space : Guldenstraat 17 Mechelen 2800 _BE
by appointment /op afspraak
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KAAT VAN DOREN
Lives and works in Belgium (Mechelen)
-2019-2020: Master ( ManaMa ) of Advanced Research in Art and Design: Karel de Grote University -BE
-1990-1993: MFA degree National Higher Institute Academie NHISK Antwerp - BE
-1985-1989: BFA degree Sint Lukas/ LUCA Brussels - BE
2018 : Final artist Artelagunaprize (Land Art ) Venice -IT
2017 : Public price Contest Grafiek Heist opden Berg -B
2016 : Selection Price Ernest Albert / Tekenkunst en Vrije Grafiek : Mechelen-B
2015 : Selection Contest tekenkunst : Harelbeke-B
2014 : Winner of Contest Grafiek Fonds Hilde Demedts : Deinze -B
1992 - Laureaat Cam.Huysmans, Price Painting Antwerp -B
2018 artist in residence Arteventura Aracena -SP
2022- MUZ' EUM L , Roeselare -BE
2021 - SHOW UP / SHOW-OFF ONBOARDS BIENNALE Antwerp
2021 - VAPORI on visualcontainer.TV
artists: Alicia Jeanin-Lucy Cordes Engelman-Risk Hazekamp-Simona Da Pozza-Agata Filarowska-Felipe Muhr -Kaat Van Doren-Anna Housiada-Pierre-Antoine Veterello
2019 - WINDOWBOX#4 "CLIMATE SURPRISE " Isabel Fredeus and Kaat Van Doren curated by Sue Spaid
2018 – ARTELAGUNA Arsenale, Venice-It
2017 – “MANOEUVRES” Campus coppens, Brasschaat-B
artists: Carla Arocha&Stephane Schraenen- Claire De Jong- Elleke Frijters- Josua Wechsler- Filip Collin- Gaspard Joualette- Kaat Van Doren- Karolien Haemers- Nicolas Baeyens
2017 –“BLACK”, C-mine Genk-B
2017 : WINDOWBOX #3 “DE WIND DEED HET“ Patricia Giambi and Kaat Van doren curated by Sue Spaid / perfomance in collaboration Maika Garnica and Charlotte Van Wouwe
D ART i.s.m. Contour Mechelen-Galerie Transit-De Garage
2017 : WINDOWBOX #2 “SKIN“ curated by Frank Herman /
artists Claire de Jong en Kaat Van Doren
2016 : WINDOWBOX #1 Encounter #1/ Hannelore Celen en kaat Van Doren curated by Stijn Maes /
D ART i.s.m. Contour Mechelen-Galerie Transit-De Garage
2000 : “SLEEP OUT ” portretten van kamermeisjes
Ravensteingalerij Brussel / project van Brussel 2000 i.s.m. Dorothée van den Berghe
1998 : “DE VERZAMELING” van het Provinciehuis Antwerpen
met Bervoets, Denmark, Fabre, Lafontaine, Panamarenko, Tuymans, Van Doren…
1998: DE ONDERNEMING theatervoorstelling “Suzanne Andler” van M.Duras
beelden-scenografie Kaat Van Doren i.s.m. Dorothée van den Berghe
1997 : ”A PRESENTATION OF WORK ON PAPER ” Galerie Annick Ketele,Antwerpen
Sven ‘tJolle, Viviane Klagsbrun, J.Voordeckers, Kaat Van Doren
1996 : “BEELDDING ”,Hedendaagse Kunst /Contemporary Art
1995 :”THE BELGIAN ARTISTS OF THE GALLERY ”, Galerie Annick Ketele,Antwerpen
artists : Sven t’ Jolle - Kaat Van Doren
1993 :”Le Musée du Petit Format” rondreizende groepstentoonstelling Turnhout
1993 :”ABOUT DRAWINGS ” Galerie Annick Ketele,Antwerpen
Kaat Van Doren, Jurgen Voordeckers, Sven’t Jolle, Ulla Frantzen
since 1997 not connected with a gallery
2022- MUZ' EUM L , Roeselare -BE WAITING FOR GOLDEN HOUR
2019-current : GOLDEN HOUR: temporaire in-situ long term project / visits by appointment / Guldenstraat 17 Mechelen , B
2018-current : A proposal for a private composition: WAITING FOR 9.58 a.m.
in-situ installation #180920018: aboutart Annick Ketele, Brasschaat /visits by appointment
2017-current : MIROIR NOIR: temporaire in-situ installation / public space free enter / Campus Coppens Site, Brasschaat, B
1993 -“NEW PAINTINGS” solotentoonstelling
Galerie Annick Ketele,Antwerpen
1992 “ZONDER TITEL” solotentoonstelling
Galerie Annick Ketele,Antwerpen
-2021: waiting for: GOLDEN HOUR
Curated by Bruno Devos/Graphic design Jean-Michel Meyers
Essay Tamara Beheydt: Sunlight as primary material in the oeuvre of Kaat Van Doren
Essay Prof Dr Katrien Kolenberg: Children of the sun
Translation / Vertaling/ Jonathan Beaton (for / voor Tamara Beheydt)/Production / Productie Stockmans Art Books / Antilope De Bie Printing
- 04/2021: TYPP publication ADMA Edition Advanced Research in Art and Design: Karel de Grote University -BE
TYPP ADMA Edition: Conversation /Head Editor : Marnie Slater/Editorial Board: Caroline Dumalin, Kim Gorus, Ward Heirwegh, Zeynep Kubat, Natasa Petresin-Bachelez, Marnie Slater, Petra Van Brabandt /Design: Ward Heirwegh /Contributors: Anne Marie Sampaio, Anna Housiada, Pierre-Antoine Vettorello, Tunde Toth, Lucy Engelman, Felipe Muhr, Alicia Jeannin, Kaat Vandoren, Risk Hazekamp, Agata Jastrzabek, Paz Ortuzar, Simona Da Pozzo
- 03/2021: KIOSK's Fanzine Linda Nochlin Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?
Editorial team: Els Roelandt, Simon Delobel and Louise Souvagie
-2015-...current: An-sicht project is a studio project: an ongoing series limited edition of postcards, representing a personal choice of my visual work
Wherever I go, they can be found for free or can be sent to you.
2021 An-sichtproject nr 5 /2020: An-sichtproject nr 4/ 2018: An-sichtproject nr 3 /2016 : An-sichtproject nr2 i.s.m. H. Art magazine ( Marc Ruyters) /2015 : An-sichtproject nr1