Orla Barry and Els Dietvorst centre their work around human interaction and the relationship between mankind and nature. The oeuvres of both artists are strongly related to their reflections on society and are based on a sustainable and respectful approach to the natural world: art and life are one in their practices.
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Exhibition July 6–November 3, 2019. Mu.ZEE , Romestraat 11 -
The exhibition Wintrum Frod is the first project in which Orla Barry and Els Dietvorst unite the works that grew out of their work on the farm. The title is Anglo-
Wintrum Frod : locations Mu.ZEE Ostende and Permekemuseum, Jabbeke.
Mu.ZEE has invited them to stage a joint exhibition at two locations: the Permekemuseum in rural Jabbeke and Mu.ZEE in the city of Ostend. The Permekemuseum is housed in the former home of Constant Permeke, a painter with a profound admiration for farming and fishing who decided to build his own house amid this green landscape. These surroundings have now been swallowed by villas and crisscrossed by busy roads, with petrol stations and shops. The contrasts between nature and urbanity and between past and present are inextricably linked to this location and form an ideal context for Orla Barry’s and Els Dietvorst’s exhibition due to the intrinsic connections with their work.
From 2011 until 2018, Orla Barry and Els Dietvorst ran a sheep farm in Ireland. The organisational and physical responsibilities that this entailed influenced them both as human beings and as artists. ‘Learning by doing’ has always been a core part of their artistic practice. By working together and analysing the environment, but chiefly by engaging in the physicality of the work themselves, they accumulate knowledge that they subsequently process and share in their oeuvres. Today Orla Barry continues to manage the pedigree Lleyn flock on her father’s farm. In her individual practice, Els Dietvorst completes the circle with this exhibition and ends in Mu.ZEE with an artistic response to all the experiences she has gained during these seven years.
Orla Barry, Ode to the Mouflon Ewe, 2019.
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