Karin Hanssen

°1960, Belgium

One of the most enduring female painters belonging to the new Flemish painting scene formed in the early 1990-s. Hassen’s paintings and drawings are replete with meticulously constructed layers of philosophical and pictorial meanings, and reward prolonged looking. She explores the concepts of temporal disorientation, social semiotics, feminism, the Rückenfigur and the borrowed gaze. Her paradigmatic portraits and scenarios - painted in hazy colours - are embedded in deterministic environments, ranging from domestic interiors to holiday landscapes derived from Fifties' and Sixties' magazine photography.