We derived the title of our latest article from the modelling compounds Play-Doh as the art work of the artists Peter Rogiers and Nadia Naveau shows resemblances towards the colour and texture of our favourite childhood modelling material! But before we start let's be clear, we had a whole different result while playing with our Play-Doh!
Working with coloured plasticine, clay and rubber the work of Nadia Naveau embraces a battle of unity and chaos. On the one hand, you have the amusing, oversized figurative elements, the elegance and the carefree coloration of the sculptures and the installations and, on the other, you have those rounded, droll, stocky, amputated Boccioni forms, those anonymous, inert Golems, which would not be out of place in kids nightmares.
These images originate from the impressions she finds all around her: magazines, streets, or a trip she once dreamed of making to the Far West. By combining different impressions and ideas she creates one visual fantasy which no longer serves as a reference to reality.
And some of these characteristics can be found back in the work of Peter Rogiers. His figurative sculptures, vacillating between abstraction and figuration, show both high craftsmanship and an innovative visual language.
Rogiers' expressive and ‘hybrid' work is often enrooted in art historical traditions but also influenced by subculture such as comic strips and film. Looking at his sculptures, it seems as if we were observing the interaction of a moving object with the surrounding space. Viewing Rogiers' sculptures from various perspectives, we can really feel the artist's creative energy swinging between exaggeration, kitsch and an interesting tension, trying never to be really explicit in his works and creating visual explosions. To situate his works in a realm of uncertainty, the artist often covers his sculptures with artificial colours. And not only the colour is artificial but most of the variety of materials used by Rogiers are also synthetic, such as epoxy resin, polyester and polyurethane foam.
But what catches the I Love Belgium team eyes is the fact that they all seem to have been made with enormous joy and great creative energy! First some pictures of Nadia Naveau and then we continue with Peter Rogiers. Enjoy!