As an artist, Sylvie Vandenhoucke develops her universe with works - ranging from wall-pieces and small intimate objects to large installations - in which a thorough analysis of the subtle optical changes on surfaces and materials through light and space, takes central stage. Key to Vandenhoucke’s artistic expression are systematic and repetitive strategies she establishes at the beginning of a work and the slowness of the processes she choses to exploit. Her particular material approach enables a singular visual language of reduction. As such, an innate quietness emerges in her work.
As a researcher, Vandenhoucke’s investigations are firmly imbedded in the ancient technique of pâte de verre (glass paste) but are dealing with contemporary art practice, methods and materials in order to find new ways to reinterpret this versatile matter.
Sylvie Vandenhoucke holds a MA and MPhil from the Royal College of Art (RCA) London (UK). She taught at several universities in Europe and beyond and was an invited External Examiner for Doctoral Degrees at the RCA London in 2011 and 2012.
As an active researcher she received several grants including an Arts and Humanities Research Council Grant (UK, 2006) and a Research Fellowship of the Higher Education Funding Council of England (UK, 2007).
LUCA School of Arts, Visual Arts Department campus Ghent, Senior Lecturer in Ceramics & Glass
Research unit IMAGE
Research group MATTER & IMAGE