Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven / AMVK
Belgisch Spleen, 1992
"Combinations mono-print and paintings on transparent Plexiglass and PVC: self-portraits made for my installation “Belgisch Spleen” in Parbleu, Antwerpen. At first “Belgian Spleen” (in accordance to “Spleen de Paris” by Charles Baudelaire) was a Brepols agenda for cash income and expenditures, that I filled with my handwritten thoughts and reflections from 1974 until 1992. I classified the notes by the day of the year to find out whether subjects and thoughts returned at certain periods within the year, hoping to find a system and evolution in this chaos of swirling and storming thoughts. The self, confronted continually with its own image, tends to become alienated and poetic, a living hybrid of languages."