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Nel Verbeke

Two Alcoves Joining



Inspired by Nel Verbeke’s own research on space, particularly in the role of alcoves as architectural spaces of memory, Two Alcoves Joining is an “ode to the materialization of thoughts.” Based off a bell jar where one might keep a relic, the piece asks of its viewer how one might “save” something, by turning the piece from an alcove to a vessel. In presenting this choice, the piece asks you to demonstrate if what we save should be trapped forever, or to flourish in abundance, leaping from its vessel form. Made of cast iron and glass, these materials oppose one another in what they choose to conceal, although remaining ever still.

Nel Verbeke


Nel Verbeke (Belgium, 1989) lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. With a background in visual art and specialization in design and designresearch, Nel Verbeke is primarily a concept-designer. Balancing between arts and design, her vocation will always be the emotional potential of shape and space. Fascinated by conceptual thinking, she shies away from the obvious focus. ‘The concept serves as an ‘archway’ over the whole.’ Throughout her artistic practice, Nel Verbeke searches and formulates new arrangements of our surroundings. Her works are alternative compositions of time, space, motion and acts that, on the one hand, question our relation to the ambivalence of our emotions and, on the other hand, suggest that the emotional states of mind could be habitable spaces, shelters for a deepened moment of introspection and contemplation. As a consequence of her motives and methods, Nel Verbeke chooses not to delineate her artistic practice too rigidly. She prefers to explore a peripheral area where the autonomy of the artistic creation always meets a suggestion of its possible use. Her language is poetic and oud of time and so questions our dominant ways of seeing, acting and living. Nel Verbeke studied Concept Design at the Design Academy in Eindhoven (NL), following an education in Fine Arts at Luca School of Arts in Ghent, Belgium.

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    Cast Iron, Glass

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    20.0 x 43.0 x cm (7.9 x 16.9 x in)

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