Sylvie Vandenhoucke's ( Belgium ) work contemplates the dwelling between heaven and earth, the transcendental experience, the sublime. How to make the invisible visible, how to dematerialise matter. The work reveals a non-physical or inner space, trapped in-between the layers of the miniature landscape.
The unfolding of the infinitesimal in the whole silently discloses this in-visible nucleus of the work. Sylvie Vandenhoucke manipulates the material into a transmutable medium, turning perception and interaction between viewer and the environment into an acute visual awareness.
As an artist and researcher, Sylvie Vandenhoucke works with a diversity of materials such as glass, metal, paper, carpet… Her work builds on and around a core of intense research in glass.
She explores new directions in pâte de verre making, technically as well as visually. Her investigations are always imbedded in this ancient technique but are dealing with contemporary practice, methods and materials in order to push the boundaries of the known and the possible.
Sylvie Vandenhoucke holds a first degree from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp and a Master in Art and a Master in Philosophy from the Royal College of Art , London .
She has exhibited extensively in Europe and in Japan, Canada and USA and received several awards including Talente Prize (Munich, 1997), Henry van de Velde Prize for Young Talent (Brussels, 2002), Artist / Researcher in Residence at the Corning Museum of Glass (NY, 2003) and was granted an Arts and Humanities Research Council Grant, UK and a Research Fellowship of the Higher Education Funding Council of England (UK, 2007).
She has lectured at the Royal College of Art ( London ), Edinburgh College of Art, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design ( Jerusalem ), La Cambre Arts Visuels ( Brussels ), Royal Academy of Fine Arts ( Antwerp ) and is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sunderland, UK.
Sylvie Vandenhoucke's work can be found in many private and public collections worldwide including the Museum of Arts and Design ( New York , USA ), Toledo Museum of Art ( Ohio , USA ), Chrysler Museum of Art (Virginia, USA ), Musée du Verre (Sars-Poteries, France ) and the Design Museum Gent ( Belgium )