De ochtend die avond zal zijn (The Dawn of the Day That Will Become Twilight)

Lili Dujourie

Roeselare, Belgium, 1941
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    Lacquered steel, plaster and plastic net
  • Descriptive technique: 
    A sculpture installation made up of two large metal and plaster pieces arranged at a right angle
  • Dimensions: 
    Each part: 95 x 420 x 60 cm
  • Category: 
    Sculpture, Installation
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In the early 1980s, after ten years of video work, Belgian artist Lili Dujourie turned to sculpture using gathered, folded velvet, focusing on melancholy and the Romantic concept of the Sublime. Her sculptures and installations, always executed in slightly precious materials and resulting from very delicate work, reveal a final disposition balanced somewhere between the theatrical and the intimate. The installation De ochtend die avond zal zijn (The Dawn of the Day That Will Become Twilight) consists of two large pieces which are somewhat removed from her 1980s velvet-based work, taking on a higher level of three-dimensionality and creating a trompe-l’oeil effect by the use of plaster, a fragile yet versatile material that can imitate the texture of cloth. The titles of her works refer to feelings derived from observation of nature, to a specific relationship between the subject and the landscape, between culture and nature, searching for reflection on the artistic process and concepts associated with it such as beauty and illusion. In this way, De ochtend die avond zal zijn transcends its minimalist appearance and takes root both in conceptual interest in the creative process and in the tradition of still life, and the preciousness, decorativism and theatricality of the primitive Flemish painters.

Carmen Fernández Aparicio