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Ann Veronica Janssens

Ann Veronica Janssens


Since the early 1990s, the Belgian artist Ann Veronica Janssens has been investigating the possibilities of sculpture. She works with intangible phenomena such as light, colour and sound to develop new forms of experience. In doing so, she attaches more importance to the physical and sensory effect of her sculptures than to their actual shape. The atypical, ephemeral materials that Janssens uses offer her maximum opportunities to manipulate our senses and vision. Playing with the space and our perspective have become increasingly significant and refined over the course of her career.

Her three works exhibited at The Expo each consist of a panel of transparent, ribbed glass, to which several layers of nanofilm and synthetic melanin have been applied to obtain unique nuances of colour. The technique used, developed in collaboration with María Boto Ordóñez, boosts the natural phenomenon of structural colouring. Like their natural counterparts, these works are particularly fragile: direct contact breaks down the delicate microlayers, so retaining their uniqueness takes great care.

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