Sylvie Van den broeck’s work aims to remind mankind of its potential, which can be constructive, as well as destructive, and the responsibilities generated by this potential. From a positivistic existentionalist point of view, her work addresses historical and contemporary social issues. ‘Art should contribute to a better world, emancipate us and be accessible for everyone.’
As a sculptor she works with traditonal materials like stainless steel, Belgian blue stone and Carrara marble in combination with contemporary materials such as high performance cement. ‘My work is founded on concept and craftsmanschip. Every material has its own inherent qualities, its own history and tradition. I believe material and craftsmanship are (part of) an international language in which every concept corresponds to a shape, which then corresponds to a certain material. The material becomes part of the story, and sometimes I get the idea for a sculpture directly out of reflections on the material.’
Born August 8, 1988, in Mechelen (Belgium), Sylvie Van den broeck finishes high school in Visual Arts in 2008. In 2011 she studies at the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Toulouse (France). In 2012 she graduates ‘Bachelor in Liberal Arts’ with the highest distinction at Sint Lucas Antwerpen (Belgium). The next year she moves to Italy to carve marble and collaborate with the sculptor Usama Alnassar. In 2016, she attains a Master’s dergree at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara. Today she continues to live and work between Carrara (Italy) and her hometown Mechelen.