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Hedwig Brouckaert

Blind Blot - Knack Weekend '06, 2009, Vinyl decal
Hedwig Brouckaert (BE, 1973, working in Ghent and NYC) is a Belgian artist who has focused her practice on drawing working with imagery of mass media. She obtained an MFA from the University of California, Davis after completing a Master’s Degree in Sculpture at the Sint-Lukas Hogeschool in Brussels and a Postgraduate Degree at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts (HISK) in Belgium. Brouckaert received numerous artist grants from the Flemish Government in Belgium, and fellowships of the Rockefeller Foundation - Bellagio, Liguria Study Center - Bogliasco, Yaddo, Anderson Ranch Arts Center in the U.S.A. Hedwig Brouckaert presented her work in numerous solo shows and group exhibitions in Europe and the US.

The images Brouckaert use often have extremely high production value. Magazines arrive as a pristine, glowing object in the mail or on the newsstand yet are meant to disappear quickly and to become trash, to be replaced by the most recent up-to-date information. Her work, on the contrary, is the result of an antiquated and slow process. It refers to the culture that produced them, but totally transforms the original narrative. It asks viewers to reread their narrow, commercial script.