Marc Janssens – Ceramic Sculptures – Belgium
The powerful and fragile sculptures, mostly human figures immerse the spectator in a world of fantasy, tenderness and humour. With a lot of sense for detail Marc Janssens works on the original story of each sculpture. For this purpose he dresses his ceramic sculptures with materials like iron wire, slips of linen, paper, wood, reworked parts of recycled objects and all kinds of paraphernalia. These materials are of fundamental importance for the originality and contribute to the poetic expression of each creation.
Marc Janssens shapes a different kind of degeneration, a mutation exceeded by poetry, a dreamworld, in which human being and objects are common data.
He puzzles with delegate fingers and clockwork wheels, little gossamer wings, miniature motors with stuff that is amalgamated in small stains of rust. He designs tiny human monsters ,that have become one with their airplane that doesn’t take off after all. A mermaid being oil-proof , a person standing straight-up, trying to bring bizarre artificial limbs into movement.He embroiders monsters that escaped from the caves of an ancient ritual out of ceramics and crushed materials, butterflies with the body of a little doll.
They are all pleasant things that fetch their charm out of being worn and from the unexpected of their uniform or armour and that are touched by the careful fingers of time.