Half-term holiday residency
Ovals and circles as the a priori motif in Ode de Kort’s oeuvre
“I look at the work of Ode de Kort and a whole host of ovoid descriptors crowd into my mind: oval, ovate, oviform, egg-shaped, even elliptical. This is because the dominant motif of de Kort’s work happens to be the oval or circle. It appears in and informs virtually everything she does, from her sculptures, sculptural installations, video’s and photographs.
Indeed, so consistently does it, as a form and a motif, invade an populate what she makes that it assumes, despite its sensual elegance, an almost antic quality. Slight, immaterial, linear, de Kort’s work possesses an almost demure, self-effacing delicacy. And yet it does not lack confidence or conviction, nor is it coquettish (well, maybe a little?). There is nothing retiring about this work. It fully occupies whatever space it inhabits, despite barely occupying it at all.”
Pictures by Leontien Allemeersch.
She is up to many things at the moment. You can also buy a totebag inspired by the featured O it’s U image via Deurle’s artistic epicentre Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens.
De Kort, although trained at KASK within the photographic medium, is known for often challenging other mediums such as sculptural dilemma’s.
For the full text by Chris Sharp and further information about her artistic practice, recent projects, previous exhibitions, and resume, please visit her website.