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Steven Baelen

Graduation year




With a practice rooted in a passion to delineate my intimate surroundings with pencil, I have come to understand drawing in all its fragility and ephemerality. I have been using these values in order to enforce the power that a drawing tool can produce. These works offer a close look at domesticity void of humans, while at the same time becoming a playground where the identities of the different strokes interplay and exchange their roles, with a deliberate lack of resolution.

If I could, I would draw every detail of the room, scrutinizing every element of its construction, as I want to capture all the aspects of that fleeting moment. But that juncture is impermanent. Thus from the first drawn line a fight starts with a fleeting moment. The more marks that appear on my sheet of paper, the more the inner logic of the paper becomes imminent. The greater the time I dedicate within the created reality of my drawing space, the more information I leave out from the observable scene. The paper starts to generate voids. As a result the drawings melt and merge in one’s psyche, not on the page. These drawings combine fundamentally formal acts of drawing with gestures that leave them crawling with emotional expression.

Note book, pencil on paper, 21 x 33,6 cm, 2006
Wall Drawing
Installation view, "26.08.06 - 25.04.07", Freespace 12, Bogarden-chapel, Bruges, B
Studio view
Studio view

Featured events

210304 Daisies by night Birde Vanheerswynghels

Daisies by night

04/03/2021 18/04/2021
Ter Posterie, Roeselare, BE Exhibition
Dans le miroir de l'autre, 2021

Dans le miroir de l'autre

30/05/2021 20/06/2021
Galerie EL, Denderleeuw, BE Exhibition
Steven Baelen, 2022

Steven Baelen. 02.12.20 - 14.07.17

19/02/2022 13/03/2022
galerie EL, Denderleeuw, BE Exhibition