Lut Laleman, ° 1958 Diksmuide, Belgium
Black, White, Black and White:
My work may look simple, but appear deceive - looking beyond the appearance, it is immensely complex.
My work is built of a layer of contrasting colours made of very fine coils of porcelain. Black and white porcelain alter vertical and horizontal . This creates an exciting variation between transparency and utter closeness. Light streams through my objects like a river through a landscape. The surface reminds of delicate lace and basket work and makes people wanting to touch the pieces.
I have always enjoyed the research part which offers me the possibility to develop a better insight to my work, to improve myself. Thanks to research and endless experiments, I have developed my own way of dealing with the material. The way I work with porcelain plays an important role for the originality of my objects. The inspiration finds its origin in the material. This approach creates fresh inroads for both shape and structure.
My recent works are shallow plates and consists of two layers and they are therefore no longer translucent. Black and white microscopic dots are attached to a basic layer in mathematical series. A fine pattern emerges. The complexity of the patterns and the size of the forms ask for a lot of precision and patience. Each manipulation has to be done at the exact moment. The technique is not only used to create shapes, the mathematical rhythm of the patterns has become the concept of the work.