Koen Broucke: Picture-Joy

Picture-Joy. Towards an Intuitive Drawing Method for Researching Historical Images

Koen Broucke

  • Research Unit Image
  • Research Group Art & Argument

The purpose of the proposed research is to explore the actions and procedures that are fundamental to my work as a visual artist. This artistic praxis is inspired by the historical method that I learnt as a history student at university, but gradually distinguished itself by creating space for intuition and attention to the image. The specific process of drawing plays a crucial role in this, as a form of thought, slowing down, selecting from and responding to the daily flood of images. I draw in sketchbooks every day, in endless series, on scraps of paper and envelopes and on large paintings. A thought sets me off drawing, the process of drawing generates thoughts of its own and delivers new concepts.  After a first stage in which I test my intuitive ‘method’ against the classical models of historical criticism, I clarify the limits of the project by applying methodological choices and the insights acquired in a specific case relating to the battlefield as a subject of historical imagination. This research comprises a long period of my work as an artist (my first sketches of Ypres date from 1991, my series of paintings "Mother of all Wars" is still in full development) and a first synthesis has already been presented in the exhibition "War and Trauma" in the Dr Guislain Museum (November 2013 – June 2014). Reconstructions, fictional characters and the genius loci are central to this stage.

  • Supervisor: Jo Tollebeek
  • Co-supervisor: Tom Van Imschoot, Thierry Lagrange
  • Duration: 2014-18
  • E-mail: koen.broucke@telenet.be


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