By Petra Dieners
The art from Isabelle Scheltjens I have seen at Galerie Paul Janssen in Grimaud and inspires me a lot!
Isabelle Scheltjens had been interested in art since she was young and studied at SISA, the Antwerp City Institute for Decorative Arts and Crafts. Inspired by her husband Dirk Neefs Isabelle started to work with glass. Over the years she developed a unique glass-fusing technique, whereby pieces of glass in different colours, sizes and textures are melted together at approximately 800°C. The colourful pieces of glass are like the dots of paint used by the pointillists: forming an abstract image up close, yet a dramatic and precise portrait from a distance.
Isabelle achieves striking optical effects with her technique: she captures the dance of light and colour in a way that a photograph transforms it into a black & white or sometimes a colourful portrait – the fascinating result of a process that relies on the perceptive ability of the eye and mind of the viewer.
This kind of art I love! These portraits are just great!