Justine Lambrechts (b. 1998) works and lives in Leuven, Belgium. After completing her masters in Communication sciences in 2020, she proceeded with a master in the Autonomous Fine Arts at Sint-Lucas, which she completed in 2022.
Justine Lambrechts’ practice explores the integration of the sculptural within the painted. By focusing on materiality as a starting point, she studies the rendition of abstract clay and stone sculptures and in relation to paint. The translation of these earthly materials, with their own tangible properties and medium-specific logic, causes a loss of context and feeling of alienation of the subject when brought to a flat surface, internalizing the sculptures’ material properties. In these trompe-l’oeil still lives, a friction is created between the depicted subject and its painted counterpart.
This estrangement is moreover amplified by stripping these objects of their associated contexts. They transform into standalone objects, of which the materiality becomes the main point of reference. Where do their origins lie? Is it an object found in nature as is? Or was it manipulated? These questions of ambiguity, and the subtle infiltration of the artificial within the natural and organic are very present in the artist’s thinking and creation process.