Artist Statement:

My paintings are like monsters of Frankenstein.
I start by collecting images, like a grave digger looking for dead bodies.
These images are often drawings that I call my darlings. I made most of these darlings while going through a rather peculiar childhood. But then something terrible happened, and I killed my darlings. I haven’t been able to bring my darlings back to life. I tried, but they became monsters — like the monster of Frankenstein. I cut my dead darlings to pieces and then I collage them back together to create a new image.

Féline Minne, 20 April 2017

Press Release, The Art Pond:

Féline Minne builds her work mainly around characters she created in her early youth. It’s a fictive world she modeled a long time ago, back when she was looking for a way to cope with the rather peculiar reality she was living in as a child. Her dreamlike canvasses are an expression of her stories and emotions, brought through absurd symbolism and humor.

She’s deeply interested in the nonsensical. Just like the road signs in Alice in Wonderland, her work points in all directions. The images show stories without beginnings or endings. The Stairs lead to nowhere and everywhere. The paintings mean nothing and everything. She sees herself as an image-maker. She finds imagery meaningful in its own right. In her opinion, art is about transformation and escaping into self-made worlds and inviting people in.

The artist is constantly looking for a feeling of wonder. She welcomes randomness. Randomness like a roll of the dice in Luke Reinhardt’s novel, The Dice Man. Her way of composing an image is informed by the big bang and how atoms behave randomly. In the artist’s words, ‘I started making collages while I was studying animation filmmaking. I made cut-out animations. I like the idea of a puzzle.

Her interest in play can be seen in her series of paintings called Tetris. She is serious about the importance of play and often refers to Donald Winnicott’s theories about play and reality. ‘It has been proven that playing Tetris helps people with post-traumatic stress syndrome. Tetris is like life. A lot keeps coming at you, and you have to give it all a place. Sometimes, there is not enough time. Then the bricks accumulate and holes appear in-between the rows. If it works well, a few rows disappear and that feels great, it evokes a feeling of release and relaxation.

Her paintings are about the tension between the figurative and abstract. They refer to the conflict between Rothko and Warhol. Rothko thought that, with his colour field paintings, he was the end of art history. But then, all of a sudden, Warhol started painting Popeye. This upset Rothko so much that he committed suicide. ‘What I am trying to say with this parable is that Rothko believed he was the end of art history and he couldn’t cope with the direction the art world was going in with pop art. When Warhol was becoming super famous, Rothko was getting older and started losing attention. I have nothing against Rothko. In fact, I really like his work. All I want to say is that there will never be an end to art history. Art history is a never-ending story.

Ellen De Schepper, Fine Art Consult Brussels

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 People Come and Go   acrylic on canvas, 100cm X 80cm