Stien Bekaert

Based in Ghent Belgium, Stien Bekaert communicates throughout an assembly of mixed media that owes as much to the practice of found imagery and photography as it does to printmaking. A visual concept of decomposing an image takes place in her work. The aspect of layering and new significations, the combination with printmaking ensures that manual and high tech processes are evenly matched. Sofie Crabbé: “Captivated by formality, Bekaert experiments with various techniques. She makes etchings, lithographs and monotypes, as well as riso, offset and transfer prints. Through manipulations – such as crops, transformations and blowups – Stien Bekaert deconstructs and creates distance. The compositions, the choice of materials and the meticulous assembling into a new narrative, no detail remains untouched. The main objective is to give the viewer a poetic viewing experience. At times lyrical and dreamy, at others uncanny or disquieting. Always ambiguous and permeated with an unfulfillable desire.” 



(01) Nominated and Laureate at ‘Red Cross Art Contest’ by Kunstwerkt in Ronse, Belgium, 11.2015

(02) Nominated and Laureate at the 32th ‘Price for Printing & Graphic Arts’ in Harelbeke, Belgium, 03.2014

(03) Nominated and Laureate at ‘Collage Recyclage’ by Kunstwerk at Verbeke Foundations in Kemzeke, Belgium, 05.2013

(04) Nominated and Laureate at the 29th ‘Price for Printing & Graphic Arts’ in Harelbeke, Belgium, 03.2011

(05) Nominated and Laureate for the ‘Charles De Leu Price’ in Ghent, Belgium, 06.2010

(06) Honorable Mention by the ‘Mathilde Horlait-Dapsens Foundation’ in Brussels, Belgium, 06.2010