The paintings of Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553), in particular, were an early influence. Of her experience of his works, De Bruyckere says:
“When I look at his paintings, I experience their physicality as the medium to express the thoughts and concerns of those figures: their fears, their passions, their doubts … Above all I feel an affinity with the way he deals with corporeality, the way he uses the sensual body as an image for the mental body.”
De Bruyckere's powerful, contorted figures, human and equine, of wax, animal skins and hair, evoke contemporary narratives and personal experiences. Intuition is of great significance throughout her creative process but it is intuition led by erudition and a profound knowledge and love of the materials used.
In a career spanning three decades, De Bruyckere reached international acclaim at the 2003 Venice Biennale, when her sculptures were shown in the Italian Pavilion. This is her first exhibition in Iceland. (21.05.2016 - 04.09.2016) (Text: National Gallery of Iceland)