Born in Ghent (1955), where she studies at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts.
She specializes in Graphics (1977) and gets an evening course in Painting (1980).
About Kathleen van Houtte
Influential contacts during education period:
with the artists Pierre Vlerick, Jan Burssens, Karel Dierickx, Jacques ‘t Kindt, Roger Wittevrongel, Paul Van Gysegem and Emiel Hoorne.
The activities in the alternative space “At Work” in Ghent are inspiring.
During that period she stayed in Paris (1980) where Belgian and Parisian artists collaborate in a common studio space.
Travel to inspire
In Europe she visits many cultural cities such as Vienna, Paris, Lille, London, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dusseldorf, The Hague, Venice, Lisbon, Prague, Krakow
and in particular the regions that will later inspire such as Asturias (Spain) and Brittany (France).
Together with a month-long stay in California in 1985, these confrontations are inspiring for her future development.
The American trip ends with a visit to New York.
Are taking shape, several nominations follow one another.
In the artistic work, the two disciplines of drawing and graphics are harmoniously interwoven.
From that perspective, graphics mainly profiles themselves within the discipline of etching. The etchings often arise in a serial form, which expand the possibility of expression.
An etching can be used and printed in a further evolution in relation to a drawing.
The boundaries in drawing are explored and are profiled in the large monumental “ribbon drawings”.
For me, graphics are no longer necessarily a “separate medium” but are often part of a broader whole or part of a total concept.
Harmoniously combine graphics with drawing
After what has been tried, I see other possibilities to harmoniously combine graphics with drawing art or to give it a spatial dimension.
This plastic experience always results in a new production that has been made with a different approach, has a broadening effect and reaches beyond the ‘cabinet of Prints’.