Born in 1964 in Brussels, the visual artist, journalist and author Muriel de Crayencour, whom we have already seen at Bibliotheca Wittockiana in 2012 and at Art on Paper in 2011 and 2012, presents manipulated, cut out and embroidered books. On their horny, yellowed covers, by means the highlights in ink and thread, she reveals a new meaning, charged with emotion and at times with suffering. These days she also uses textiles and metal to put forward her reading of femininity, motherhood and the relationship with the body. Among wounds re-stitched or rediscovered, rage and joie de vivre intermingle. Gloves of fabric or leather are used to fashion ‘voodoo dolls’, the metal traces out hard-hitting words. Put back into the fire, these words burn old photographs or textiles, wounding them and loading them with a new, deeper and more intimate meaning.

Selected Artworks


resilience (2017)
Muriel de Crayencour – Coups et blessures (2013)

© Esther Verhaeghe 2021
© Esther Verhaeghe 2021