“Hope springs eternal in the human breast;
Man never Is, but always To be blest.
The soul, uneasy, and confin'd from home,
Rests and expatiates in a life to come.”
― Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man
Lou Bielen is a Belgian artist living and working in Valbeek near Leuven. a graduate of SLAC (Leuven) where she studied under Hilde Overbergh.
She draws inspiration from the wonder and beauty of nature. Her influences include Cecily Brown, Alex Kanevsky, Gerhard Richter, Thierry du Cordier.
Of her process she says :
"Nothing is ever final. 'Nearness' is part of the process of emergence and disappearance: something is just not there yet, or just not there anymore. Focusing on that moment makes me slow down. The image emerges, it deviates, stops and resumes; the work process is repetitive and tentative. The moment of being nearly there, is never over."