Jeanne Opgenhaffen (°1938, Nieuwkerken, Belgium) will present a large number of her well-known boxes in various sizes, each of them unique. The white porcelain is graphically decorated with black lines and spirals, sometimes reminiscent of opt art. Opgenhaffen says:
“The decoration varies with vertical or horizontal stripes, delicate lines, dots, spirals and textures from the world around me. The design elements are drawn on a flat sheet of paper, but the conceptualisation is concerned with the three-dimensional form. I make ‘transfer prints' which consist of putting colours for ceramics on paper for transfers so that the effects of the graphic drawings are produced with satisfactory results. I want to achieve simplicity of form with the beauty of graphics.”
Typical for Opgenhaffen's work is that she creates series. She finds it rewarding to see groups of objects which are variations and developments on a theme. Her work is like a musical piece that is analysed and alternated, and the designs (or graphics) are the recording of emotional vibrations produced by the dialogue between the boxes, like the instruments in an orchestra. They create an atmosphere, an energy field that incorporates anyone who comes near them.
Furthermore, there will also be wall panels on show, consisting of thin china plates. The play of light and shadow in these installations creates a special unique vibrating effect.
Jeanne Opgenhaffen has a unique place in the world of ceramics, often working on large-scale installations in public places. She studied ceramics at the Antwerp Academy and the National Institute and received many awards, including the Golden Medal at the Faenza International Competition (1995) and participated in many international exhibitions.