Sylvie Vandenhoucke develops a distinctive oeuvre in which a thorough analysis of the subtle optical changes on surfaces and materials through light and space, takes central stage.
Indebted to the ever-inspiring history and traditions of the use of light in classic paintings, she consciously expands her quiet universe with works ranging from wall-pieces and small intimate objects to large installations. Key to Vandenhoucke’s artistic expression are systematic and repetitive strategies she establishes at the beginning of a work and the slowness of the processes she choses to exploit. As such, the work develops virtually as a drawing: small elements find their place in the whole through an internal logic of the set up system. Or, hand-carved voids impose the rhythm of changes in colour hues.