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Virginie Bailly

Impromptu, P04

The dialogue that exists between my painting work and my installation and video art creates an interesting area of tension in which I question the art of painting, the image and at the same time the individuality of each medium. That results in an interaction between the different media and a consistent visual language about perception.
Painting is an important part of my multidisciplinary œuvre. All of my work originates from painting and my interest in other media arose from it.


The paintings of Virginie Bailly flow in their own words derived from “the questioning and experiencing of the surrounding area” and “the translation of that into an image.” In the wake of the modern tradition Bailly focuses her gaze upon summarising her environment, but at the same time she realizes that she is comparable to blind ants in an increasingly complex and confusing environment. She condenses the creation of her image as a dynamic, process-based structure, with a number of compo­nents but without a plan, consisting of paint, colour and movement with which to put upon the canvas. Usually starting from the impression of a photographic image, she begins a process in which the light intensity plays a central role and which gradually, in a succession of more or less transparent layers, works towards an interplay between taking action and allowing it to happen; between full and empty, a “filter” is established, “a filter that softens the image, blurs it, or fragments it.”

(Frank Maes, for LandscapesCitiesPeople, Netwerk, Aalst 2012)

Impromptu, P04
Vide-Plein III, P18
Vide-Plein III, P20
Impromptu, P02
Le corps disloqué
Le corps disloqué, P05
Vide-Plein III, P015
Vide-Plein III, P05
Vide-plein III, P06 (Champ Clos)
interior view
Tout vide tout plein, voilà le tableau!
2,40 x 15 x 0,80 m scaffolding, wood and black paint
2,40 x 15 x 0,80 m scaffolding, wood and black paint
Champ clos II
Photo: Hentie Van Der Merwe
Photo: Hentie Van Der Merwe // Interior view of the installation
in-situ sculpture made from 1000 recycled bricks. 2,00 x 2,20 x 2,20 m
left: `Spot' / right: `Inside'
2,40 m x 13 m x 1,20 m, Tongeren (Belgium); wood, scaffolding and black paint
Le plat pays
Le plat pays
Le plat pays
View of the inside of the construction
9 m x 6m x 6m, wood and scaffolding; photograph Arno Roncada
View from the feet of the terril in Winterslag, Genk. Flacc.

Flanders Arts Institute

Expertise centre for performing arts, music and visual arts.