Wim Delvoye is a visionary. With subtle irony and boundariless imagination, he builds bridges between real life and a surreal world, where cities float above the sea and glorious castles grow higher than the sky.
Renowned for being shocking and groundbreaking, his artworks embrace the full range of human experience, ranging from cultural iconography to religious matters, and sharply highlight the controversial aspects of post-modern society. But Delvoye is not trying to be provocative for its own sake, he rather chases an idea to its extreme resolution, eventually breaking taboos by showing the triviality of modern costumes and beliefs. Works such as Cloaca, a digestive machine whose solo purpose is to produce excrements, put the visitors face to face with their own bodily presence, touching their most fundamental and private dimension, rejected by the common sense that always tries to hide our most humane features. The pig farm he set up in China was conceived under the same spirit, redeeming pigs from negative characteristics such as dirtiness and greed with which they are usually associate with. By tattooing the skin of the animals with his own drawings, most of which refer to Western iconography, he made works of art that are also alive and subtly imitates the concept of economic growth because a ‘value’ is assigned to the animals, which can only be materially possessed after their natural death. Artist in the strict sense of the word, Wim Delvoye masters different techniques, from painting to sculpture and architecture, and all his work continues to use an highly skilled craftsmanship. The Gothic-inspired trucks and twisted buildings, as well as the marble sculptures, celebrate the beauty of pure and delicate things, suggesting tales of an enchanted realm beyond the clouds. We had the extraordinary chance to visit Wim‘s studio in Ghent, Belgium, and discover the making process behind some of his most famous / infamous works.