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Carmen Schabracq

Carmen Schabracq works in various media, she makes paintings, sculptural installations, masks and performances in which the theatricality of life plays an important role. She collects stories from different myths, traditions, her own experiences and uses them to recreate collage like visual narratives.

The mask is a recurrent object and theme within her work, which she uses to explore the complexity of human identity. A mask is a tool within a ritual or performance, to become 'the other' and she plays with this in different ways. Her work is also a form of escapism with the characters she places in spaces of color.

A way to escape from this world and imagine yourself in another, full of color, playfulness and humor, in order to deal with the reality of life and death.

The last two months of 2019, Carmen spent in an artist in residency in Mexico where she researched the local masks and the cultus around death. In the autumn of 2020 she worked for a month in the AiR guest studio of the Vincent van Gogh house in Zundert, where she researched by painting from a live model whether the portrait could be a form of mask that shows the inner state.

Portrait of Quita | 2020 | 120 x 80 cm | acrylic on canvas | €2500,-
Self portrait with Vincent’s pipe | 2020 | 70 x 50 cm | acrylic on canvas SOLD
Peintre Maudit | 2020 | 60 x 40 cm | acrylic on canvas SOLD
Self portrait with Vincent’s hat | 2020 | 70 x 50 cm | acrylic on canvas SOLD
Portrait of Sam | 2020 | 80 x 60 cm | acrylic on linnen SOLD
Portrait of Renske | 2020 | 120 x 80 cm | acrylic on canvas | €2500,-
Portrait of Hen | 2020 | 100 x 70 cm | acrylic on canvas | €2200,-
Portrait of Yvo | 2020 | 100 x 70 cm | acrylic & oil paint on canvas | €2200,-
Portrait of devil | 2020 | 70 x 50 cm | acrylic on canvas | SOLD
Mask of Vincent | 2020 | crochet wool and other yarn | €1100,- including stand SOLD

2020/2021 Lockdown Happy New Year Show Part #3

Carmen Schabracq - Becoming Vincent, I’ll never walk alone

Carmen Schabracq

Calavera - 2019

mask of crocheted wool on metal pedestal

€950,-

Carmen Schabracq, Calavera, 2019, mask of crocheted wool on metal pedestal, €950,-

Carmen Schabracq

Jaguar - 2019

mask of papier maché, acrylic paint and fake fur on metal pedestal

€1150,-

Carmen Schabracq, Jaguar, 2019, mask of papier maché, acrylic paint and fake fur on metal pedestal, €1150,-

Carmen Schabracq

Mickey - 2017

mask of plaster and acrylic paint on metal pedestal

€1150,-

Carmen Schabracq, Mickey, 2017, mask of plaster and acrylic paint on metal pedestal, €1150,-
Carmen Schabracq, Coccodrillo, 2013, mask of textile, foam and crocheted wool, €1150,-

Carmen Schabracq

Red devil - 2019

mask of crocheted wool

Carmen Schabracq, Red devil, 2019, mask of crocheted wool, €950,- (inc. metal pedestal)

Carmen was born in Amsterdam (1988), where she now lives and works. In 2012 she obtained her BA in fine arts from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, after a year of painting studies at the Academia di Belle Arti in Rome. In 2015 she obtained her MA in theater costume design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, with a research and body of work she called 'naked masks'. In 2017-2018 she received the ‘new makers subsidy’ from the Performing Arts Fund NL, with which she made two in situ performances in Zeeland.

Jungle Body | 2020 | 100 x 120 cm | acrylic and oil paint on canvas | € 2860,-
Agave and the stones | 2020 | 70 x 55 cm | acrylic paint on linen | € 1625,-
Painting self portrait | 2021 | 95 x 70 cm | acryl op linnen | € 2145,-
Temptation Island | 2021 | 40 x 30 cm | acrylic on linen | € 910,-
Kerkhof plantjes | 2020 | 50 x 50 cm | acrylic on felt | € 1300,-
Ibergekumene sores iz gut tsu dertseyln (It’s good to talk about past troubles) | 2020 | 80 x 120 cm | acrylic & gouache on canvas SOLD
Pistachio horse flambé | 2020 | 90 x 60 cm | acrylic & gouache on canvas SOLD
Dehydration | 2020 | 60 x 40 cm | acrylic on canvas SOLD
Midi | 2020 | 100 x 70 cm | acrylic & gouache on canvas | €1950,- SOLD
Bloody mouse | 2019 | 41 x 51 cm | acrylic & gouache on canvas | €1170,-
Holy Guacamole | 2019 | 100 x 65 cm | acrylic on canvas SOLD
Upside down dancing danger | 2020, 80 x 60 cm | acrylic & oil on canvas | SOLD
Dancing Death | 2020 | 40 x 30 cm | aquarel and gouache on paper | € 700,-
Double headed hat | 2020 | 40 x 30 cm | collage aquarel, ink, gouache on paper | € 700,-
Funeral figure | 2020 | 40 x 30 cm | collage aquarel, ink, gouache on paper | € 700,-

Carmen Schabracq, 1988, Amsterdam, NL

Education

2014-2015 MA of Arts, Theatre costume design, Royal Academy of Art, Antwerpen B

2008-2012 BA Fine Arts, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam NL

2011 Erasmus exchange Fine Arts, Sint Lucas Academie, Gent B

2007-2008 Painting, Academia di Belle Arti, Roma IT

Grants

2020 Amarte fund - project & development funding, working period Hembrug Terrein

2017/2018 New Makers development subsidy, FPK - Performing Arts Fund, NL

2017 Voor de Kunst crowdfunding for the publication of my book Is your body the pedestal of your head? With contributions of Amsterdam Fund of Art (AFK) & The Mondriaan Fund

Residencies

2021 Artist in residency, Kunsthuis SYB, Beetserzwaag, NL (upcoming)

2021 Artist in residency, Zaratan, Lisbon, P (upcoming)

2020 Artist in residency, Vincent van Gogh Huis, Zundert, NL

2020 Artist in residency, Opium Atelier, Radio 4, Hilversum, NL

2019 Artist in residency, Casa Lü, Mexico City, MX

Works in collections

Memento Mori (2020) in the collection of the Vincent van Gogh Huis NL 2020

Muse IV (2019) in the collection of the Akzo Nobel Art foundation NL 2020

El Panteón (2019) in the private collection of Lea Marcaccini MX

Exhibitions selection period 2016-2020

2020 Extravaganza, group show: Jan Hoek, Eleonora Stol & me, Galerie Fleur & Wouter, Amsterdam NL

2020 Vincent van Gogh Huis AiR, solo show, Van Gogh Galerie, Zundert NL

2020 20 jaar Zeeland Nazomer Festival, video & installation, group show, Middelburg NL

2020 Sighing Masks, etalage installation & show, CBK Amsterdam NL

2019 La Realidad del Perro, group show, Casa Lü, Mexico City MX

2019 Ambassade van de Noordzee, lecture & group show, Stroom Den Haag & strand Scheveningen NL

2019 Dicke Mädchen, group show with Rosa Schützendorf & Jack Davey, Antwerp Art Weekend B

2018 Kustpijn Paardenkracht, installation, Kloostergang Abdij plein, Middelburg NL 2017 Maskerade, Masks in art and the art of the mask, Stichting Polderlicht, Amsterdam NL

2017 Imagine Film Festival, installation, Eye Film museum, Amsterdam NL

2016 De Bonte Duif en het Zwarte Padje, group show, Bellamy Kabinet, Amsterdam NL

2016 XII, group show, 12 hour exhibition XII, W139, Amsterdam NL

2016 Conceal to Reveal, solo show, Weekender, Punt WG, Amsterdam NL

2016 Occultare per Mostrare, solo show, Galleria Grefti, Umbertide IT

Performance selection period 2016-2020

2020 Xolotl guide to the underworld, performance in collab. with Project Wildeman, Amsterdam NL

2020 Listening to the political voice of the sea, Ambassade v/d Noordzee, Frascati, Amsterdam NL

2019 Minotaurus, interactive installation in colab. with BREI, Festival Boulevard, Den Bosch NL 2018 Kustpijn Paardenkracht, performance, Zeeland Nazomer Festival, Zoutelande NL

2018 De Poesie Bar, Eddie and the Eagles, Bimhuis, Amsterdam NL

2017 Sint Nicolaas (hij komt, hij komt), performance show, Sint Nicolaas kerk, Brouwershaven NL

2017 So you think you can DaDa?, group performance show, Leidse Schouwburg, Leiden NL

2017 Heroines Circus, performance night curated by me and Renske van Enckevort, Sociëteit Sexyland, Amsterdam NL

2016 Is your body the pedestal of your head?, 12-hour performance, XII, W139, Amsterdam NL

Publications

2020 We are the collection, AKZO NOBEL Art Foundation 25 years of collection magazine

2020 Jaarpublicatie 2019, Luisteren naar de Noordzee, Ambassade van de Noordzee 2020 Beroepsvereniging Beeldende Kunstenaars Magazine, #1

2018 Is your body the pedestal of your head?, Book about my masks, in collaboration with Paul Koeleman, with introduction by Alex Mallems and an interview by Renee Padt. 2018 Faceless Re-inventing Privacy Trough Subversive Media Strategies Ed. By Doringer, Bogomir / Felderer, Brigitte.

2018 From a creative nest: Carmen Schabracq, online article, ID magazine 22/02

2017 Samen eten we Sint Nicolaas op, newspaper article, 1/12 Provinciale Zeeuwse Courant

Galerie Fleur & Wouter

Van Ostadestraat 43A, Amsterdam

+31 6 577 482 99

info@galeriefleurenwouter.com

www.galeriefleurenwouter.com

Photography by Jan Stads, Jonathan de Waart, Cleo Goossens