Laureate of the City of Brussels. Prix Art Contest 2018 : Pascale Valcke
In her paintings on panels, Pascale Valcke (Belgium 1985) explores the grey area between figuration and abstraction. Her compositions seem strangely familiar. She summons objects that look real but that cannot exits. The illusion of depth, light and perspective is confronted to a visual arsenal of surfaces and lines, and of the coats of paint. Still lives and yesterday’s landscapes merge into a game of chess with purely pictorial stakes. We are on the plane surface. The utmost precision is mandatory. The colour palette requires extreme concentration: nuances of grey balance while the pastel colours are carefully chosen. The panels invite visitors to envisage every possible combination, opening the door to moving images. The work morphs into a coral reef. The space opens up. An expanding universe.