For Stephanie Cime making art is not a choice. Instead, it is a mission. Since forever she has been expressing herself through drawings and paintings and the urge to do so only grew stronger. It was almost unevitable that at some point this would culminate in a radical and unbridled commitment to her work.
No matter how important nature in all its beauty is to Stephanie, a direct link to a landscape or pictorial element is lacking in her work. In this sense, the poetic abstraction reveals a pure, uncompromising and profound authenticity that is not in any way a hazy sublimation of some sensory experience. On the contrary: it expresses a hyper-individual experience, an expression that transcends the individual action and that refers to a collective field of consciousness.
For Stephanie Cime, art is the pinnacle of interpersonal communication at a level that transcends cultural, intellectual and philosophical backgrounds and conventions. It is the manifestation of an urge to create, of a vitality that refers to a universal life force. Because of this quality, sometimes underlined by their impressive size, the works have an undeniable impact on the space in which they are on display and even more so, on the people who are present in this space, in a spectrum that extends from subtle to overwhelming. Starting out from an extremely brave vulnerability, Stéphanie Cime creates work that exudes strength, solidity and energy.
The explicit representation of reality is radically absent. Instead, the viewer is confronted with the purest of expressions of an emotion, which resonates with the viewer and in that sense the work evokes a new experience over and over again. The absence of a 'classical' frame of reference or any 'imposed' associations allows the viewer to connect with the work, addressing one's own frame of reference. Every new encounter with the work is like a new invitation for a dance of two hearts and minds. Seeing the work again is not merely a recollection of a previous observation but a new invitation to experience it. Call it poetic, lyrical, meditative or even mystic... the power of these works is that they cannot be caught or confined in words. So we suggest to let them do the talking. They may leave you speechless, but they will surely speak to your soul.
In Stephanie Cime's richly visual universe, colors appear as freely moving driving shapes. With acrylic paint, oil paint, gouache, pastel, sand on paper or canvas she creates inner landscapes as poetic abstractions. Her paintings are like sensory presences that feel at once lyrical and meditative, subtle and overwhelming, personal and universal.
Stephanie Cime's pictorial elements depart from natural environments and individual experiences and are refined into a unique palette that seems to reveal interpersonal and transcendent connections. Moving fluidly between abstraction and meditation, her work communicates from a desire for 'essence' with a direct and liberating expression of vital colours, sweeps, touches, lines and dots. Greens, browns and blues grow in the paint that is sometimes applied thick, reaching powerfully into shades of yellow, pink and white as if to embrace all seasons. From a certain vulnerability but above all a courageous openness, her work comes to life with an abundant and unfolding power. Light can be found everywhere and the rhythmic structures vibrate between the surprising and the timeless, the disruptive and the calming, autumn and spring. Stephanie Cime determinedly portrays a world that offers a glimpse of infinity between chaos and harmony, between image and texture. She develops a world that arises and expands and thus penetrates to the core of things in order to arrive at new syntheses. Over and over.
The REBIRTH exhibition is therefore like a new beginning. An invitation to move exploratively between the canvases, to make connections or to enter into conversation with them. It is also an invitation to explore each work individually, to get lost from different angles and to share your own reflections. This exhibition by Stephanie Cime shows that enthusiasm, drive and involvement are not far away, but very close. Detached from an observable reality, REBIRTH gives space to essential imaginations. Over and over.
Article: Living Poetic Abstraction: In Conversation with Stephanie Cime
On the occasion of her solo exhibition REBIRTH at Balthasar Brussels, Kisito Assangni discussed with Stephanie Cime on the process behind what he describes as "stunning works" presented in the show.
'Rebirth', Balthasar Brussels (B), May 2022
'Beneath The High Tide', Cube Knokke (B), January 2022
Atelier Cime, Stalhille (B), November 2021
Crossroads Panoramic Brussels (B), August 2021
Balthasar Brussels (B), November 2021 (ongoing)
'Jabart' Permeke route, Jabbeke (B), September 2021
'Eindeloos', Damme (B), May 2021
Affordable Art Fair Brussels (B) 2022