Embrace Melancholy – The place of melancholy
by Nel Verbeke
Photography: Alexander Popelier
Model : Laurence Van de Perre
“A human-sized, dark-wooden structure stands like an entity unto its own. Its sculptural, monumental presence pauses the surrounding light and sound and nearly negates any known time and space. Approaching it, it seems to absorb you into a state of contemplation, more personal and private than before.
The work is a result of a quest for a material place for melancholy. An inviting refuge of stillness and seclusion, at the same time real and divine. A place where one can fulfil an act of melancholy in privacy and reflection.
The shape itself is sculpted out of one massive ash tree, susceptible to the characteristics of the wood’s continuous idiosyncrasies through time and circumstance. The remnants of the tree were then burned and the ashes used to coat the sculpture. It, as such, reflects the confluence of what appears and disappears, what is lost and what remains.”