Ewoud Viane is a Belgium-based artist who experiments with materials such as textile, paint, plywood and bio-resin. Throughout his practice, he developed techniques to create functional sculptures and to make wooden prints on textile.
After graduating in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in interior and furniture design at KASK School of Arts Ghent, Viane became fascinated by the pleats and shadow gradients of coloured fabrics he found on the street. This inspired the creation of his cabinet-like objects made of textile. These hollow sculptures are entirely made of textiles sewn together. Then they are tightened by every edge with ropes in what he calls he ‘grow kit’. At the end they get their dose of bio-epoxy resin and a few layers of paint.
Once he mastered this technique, he started to make sculptural artworks with textiles, wooden panels and epoxy resin. Using needle and thread he makes drawings on a wooden surface, covers it with textiles, and a layer of epoxy resin. Once the epoxy has done its job overnight, the wood and fabric become separated, only a thin layer of wood is left on the surface.
With his most recent and ongoing series ‘Botanical Paintings’, Viane pays homage to botanical illustrators. These technical artists made accurate depictions of plant species for research purposes without any artistic freedom. Despite their meticulous craftsmanship, they did not always get the recognition they deserved. Referring to their drawings, Viane wants to set this straight.
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