Born in 1979 in Bilzen, Belgium
Lives and works between Bilzen and Hasselt, Belgium
The work of Joke Hansen (°1979) manifests itself as a large collection of questions
regarding the how and what of painting. In her work Hansen is incessantly on the
move, in search of the next step, the next level, trying to find answers to painterly
questions that arise. The constant movement during this search is what often
constitutes the subject matter of her visual language.
It’ s the artist herself and subsequently the viewer, who goes on an endless journey
of looking, reviewing and recalibrating. In this same endless loop of exercise,
Hansen’s working method circles non-stop around paintings, collages and
sculptures. The discipline of painting is the unmistakable axis which propels her
visual conception, the leitmotiv in her relentless search for the right image. By
exploring the boundaries of the medium to the bone in terms of shape, surface and
paint, her works often present themselves almost as fremdkörper, as if they
themselves are surprised of what they’ve become.