La Greca Magazine
Captivating. Contemplative. Erotic. Romantic. Such a complex amalgam of emotions evoked by an imposing female form composed of one whole piece of bronze – as the artist revealed to me - and a fountain of gurgling water. André Woussen's nearly 4-meter-high sculpture had a certain gravity. Yet, in my perception, it was gravity itself that it sought to defy.
It was a slim, young, small-breasted woman holding a massive cloud above her head with the rain landing mercilessly onto her face, which she courageously did not turn away from. The girl held her dreams tight and she embraced the rain as something positive that would eventually lead her to womanhood. The erotic feel of the breasts being revealed through a soaked shirt, as well as the monumental posture, both depicted the girl’s transformation into a powerful and self-confident creature. We mature through our losses, we learn from our mishaps and the purifying water washes away the pain. In the end, we stop walking on clouds and we wake up to reality, we come in out of the rain.
André let a smile give away his amusement and joy, when I discussed some of my thoughts with him over a friendly Sunday lunch in the picturesque village of the Western Flemish countryside. His eyes shone with excitement as he unveiled more practical details on his work. “The statue is one piece, so there have been no attachments. It took me a year to complete. Demanding but beautiful process” he said as his face shone with excitement. "As for the structure", he continued “it is certainly not massif, because, otherwise, it would not be flexible enough. It needs to be able to bend to avoid cracking and breaking.” Replying playfully to my further inquisitive attitude, he couldn’t suppress a laugh: “I am not going to tell you ALL my secrets!”
This was the image I saw before me and the nuances that instantly raced through my mind, as I was wandering among André's varied creations at this year’s very stimulating Eccentric Fair. Symbolism feeds my imagination and although it might not always be present or intentional, I tend to unmask it or even come up with it. I suppose attributing meaning to existence – even that of seemingly lifeless things – is my food for thought. So, André, thank you for not revealing all your secrets. The challenge is now mine to meet!