Etude géométrique

With a keen eye for the geometric properties of shapes, Ann Van Hoey uses the three-dimensional world to explore bold encounters between the circle and the square, the triangle, the straight line and the point, taking care to reconcile their divergences.

Ever since visiting Japan, the ceramist has been inspired by origami and applies this technique to sheets of clay, thus ensuring fluidity, sobriety and deliberate minimalism of design in her creations. Without the slightest decoration, glazing, enamel or varnish, Ann Van Hoey's work celebrates purity of form above all else. This purity, reinforced by the delicate cut of the clay, highlights the importance of a refined edge which inevitably contributes to the work's final appearance. Here we see the influence of the famous Australian ceramist Victor Greenaway, with whom she followed a creation workshop. The starting point for this installation is the hemisphere, taken from the circle.

Once the hemisphere has been origamied with help of the three-dimensional medium, the circle is barely different from the four corners of the square. The circle and the square begin to speak a common tongue, blurring the undeniable line between the two.

Losing one of the four corners of the square, the circle seems to absorb its new interloper, the triangle. One could almost picture Leonardo Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man, his anatomical nudity taking shape in the centre of these forms.

The circle holds out and does not give quarter. But what happens when it is exposed to the characteristics of the straight line, the shortest journey between two points? The "biangle" allows the circle to preserve its honour and the essential aspect of its shape. It even manages, alone or perhaps rather with the help of the straight line, to evoke a shape that, in geometry, can only result from the intersection of two circles.

And now for the final challenge: will the point shatter the integrity of the circle? Far from it: after combining with the point, the circle produces a "monoangle", the ensemble emerging with an unforeseen result full of biomorphic allure; a drop of water, the source of all life on earth.