24 June – 24 July 2021
Solo exhibition Fia Cielen

  • About the Exhibition
  • Works
fia cielen, dmw gallery, floral phenomenon, painting


Vernissage 24 June from 6-9 PM
Preview by appointment 23 June from 4-8 PM
Finissage 24 July from 2-6 PM

*As early as I can remember, I’ve had recurring dreams of another world, which I can only describe as a shape-shifting forest, inhabited by talking animals and phantom creatures. The way to enter this realm was always the same: through a garden labyrinth made of hedges. Once I crossed the hedge, the forest would reveal itself and my dream could begin.*

The idea of in-between places, whether physical, conceptual or metaphorical, is a recurring theme in the artistic practice of Fia Cielen. The artist’s drawings, sculptures and installations centre on the element of metamorphosis and often depict beings on the verge of their next materialisation. Cielen’s works introduce a natural element that goes beyond her control in an attempt to re-enchant a disenchanted world.

Fia Cielen is particularly attracted by in-between states, transitory zones and the uncanny. This is perhaps best reflected in the title of the artist’s new exhibition at DMW Gallery, ‘Hedge Rider’, which draws its inspiration from an old European term, referring to those who act as travellers between different worlds.

In pre-modern times, edges of towns were often marked by hedges, signifying the end of civilization. Beyond the hedge there was uncharted territory and wilderness, ruled by chaos. To ‘ride the hedge’, then, meant crossing the boundary between this world and the next, and to engage with beings and forces beyond this reality. This was done by inducing a trance, a flow-state between waking and sleeping.

In an over-regulated world, Fia Cielen is bent on depicting states in which we can reclaim a sense of wildness, as a means of expressing the intuitive feeling that estrangement can be intrinsically natural. For her new solo exhibition at DMW Gallery, the artist therefore presents a new series of works that invite us on a journey beyond the hedge, into a shape-shifting realm unaffected by the rules of our reality.

Floral Phenomenon I, 2021
Collage on paper with pencil, spraypaint, watercolour and gouache
42 x 59.2 cm

Floral Phenomenon II, 2021
Collage on paper with pencil, spraypaint, watercolour and gouache
42 x 59.2 cm

Floral Phenomenon III, 2021
Collage on paper with pencil, spraypaint, watercolour, acrylic and ecoline
42 x 59.2 cm

The One and the Lonely, 2021
Oil on canvas
40 x 30 cm

The werewolf is somebody like you and me, 2021
Oil on canvas
40 x 30 cm

Bury Me Under A Tree, 2021
Oil on cardboard
65 x 49 cm

Bloom, 2021
Oil on canvas
58 x 50 cm

Haunt Me Forever, 2021
Oil on canvas
60 x 50 cm

The Eternals 5, 2021
Glazed ceramics
17 x 11 x 5 cm

Conversation with a Devil, 2020
Glazed ceramics, beads, cord
44 x 32 x 1 cm

Forest Phantom, 2021
Glazed ceramics
24 x 16 x 7 cm

The Eternals 2, 2021
Glazed ceramics
13 x 6 x 4.5 cm

Elemental 1, 2020
Oil on canvas
18 x 24.1 cm

Elemental 2, 2020
Oil on canvas
18.3 x 24.3 cm

Blue Garden, 2021
Oil on canvas
69 x 97 cm

This is where the creature goes, safe within a world he knows, 2021
Oil on canvas
40 x 30 cm

Het Spookt Hier, 2020
Glazed ceramics
37 x 32 x 30 cm

Caduceus, 2017
Glazed ceramics
40 x 29 x 1 cm

Gespooklichkeit, 2021
Collage with spraypaint and gouache
60 x 42 cm

Dreamy Apparition, 2021
Collage with spraypaint, pencil and gouache
70 x 100 cm

The Magician, 2021
Collage on paper with pencil, spraypaint and mineral ink
68.5 x 49 cm

Thunder Bird, 2021
Collage on paper with pencil, spraypaint, acrylic and ink
54 x 73 cm

Alver Manneke 3, 2021
Glazed Ceramic
Ø 18 cm

Alver Manneke 2, 2021
Glazed Ceramic
Ø 18 cm

Alver Manneke 1, 2021
Glazed Ceramic
Ø 19 cm

The Eternals 7, 2021
Glazed Ceramic
11 x 4 x 3.5 cm

The Eternals 8, 2021
Glazed Ceramic
8.5 x 4 x 3.5 cm

The Eternals 6, 2021
Glazed Ceramic
12 x 5 x 4 cm

The Eternals 3, 2021
Glazed ceramics
20 x 12 x 12 cm

The Magician’s Garden 2, 2017
Glazed ceramics
21 x 11 x 10 cm