TARPAULIN BLUE © Marie Julia Bollansée 2016
Lapis Lazuli and Indigo are the two enchanting families of blue where all later blue shades are descendants of.
Lapis Lazuli has a cristalline origin, it was made by pulverizing the precious stones from Afghanistan. The original Indigo is vegetal, as it is produced out of indigo-plants through an intensive rotting process. International Klein Blue, Yves Klein’s Ultramarine blue paint, the most brilliant appearance of the old Lapis Lazuli, consists solely of chemicals. Tarpaulin blue has neither a fabulous ancestor nor a precedent in nature or patented synthetic formula.
I became aware of the existence of a new blue, Tarpaulin blue, during my residency in Mumbai, where blue tarpaulins are used for everything. From then on, I am alerted by tarpaulins almost everywhere and everyday. Tarpaulins are the universal emergency solution and the primary shelter for people around the globe.
Tarpaulin blue occurs as infinite variations (like the hydrangea in my mother’s garden). There are as many Tarpaulin blue’s as there are situations where people use the (blue) tarpaulins in.
Tarpaulin blue is alterable, it changes and fades by use and it’s pigmented by necessity in peoples lives.
Tarpaulins penetrate my work and become a bearer of sense. I perceive the color Tarpaulin blue as a sign of the time, as the now-blue.

Marie Julia Bollansée’s work is about people, about their lives and deaths and about the quest in the no man’s land in between. The physical is a constant factor in Ms. Bollansée’s videos and performances, as she was trained as a classic sculptor.
Ms. Bollansée’s dramatic power of observation is reflected in her video work. She frequently plays the role of observer, translating age-old human themes into images that we can all relate to. Her performances bring the everyday but often hidden forces into the light. Her photo installations create fields of tension between primary materiality, poetry, and aesthetic images.
She is fascinated by the chemical reactions caused by unexpected interactions and collaborations.  “I try to detect the chemistry between people and to formulate this in my work so that viewers become more aware of their humanity. I want to expand the frontiers of the perceptible. I’m convinced that people urgently need to see and understand the essential, but too often invisible, motives and sources in today’s society.”

Her work was selected by the Jackson Pollock Foundation in 2000. It was on view at several venues in Belgium and the Netherlands, and a.o. in Moscow, Istanbul, Vladivostok, Dresden, Mumbai, Paris, Kathmandu. The installation ROBOT FACTORY (November 2016) was acquired by  M HKA, Museum Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, and added to the permanent collection of the museum. 

Marie Julia Bollansée TARPAULIN BLUE, artist monograph, published by Eva.Steynen.Edition(s)
released on November 10, 2016
You can browse the book here,
available at Eva Steynen.Deviation(s), COPYRIGHT, M HKA.

Marie Julia Bollansée cooperates with Eva Steynen.Deviation(s) galerie.
You can find a curriculum vitae here, and read an extended vision-text by the artist here. You can contact her by email.