JOËLLE DUBOIS paints and illustrates. With a wink she transfers the digital revolution and the resulting role of humans in our modern society into her works. The Gent-born artist is especially interested in the voyeuristic aspect of digitalisation. Social Media Platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat or Youtube, television programs such as Big Brother or the Bachelor fulfill our desire to anonymously observe others in their suffering, their love life, their failures and also their successes. Digitalisation has made communication faster, more purposeful and interactive. However, this also goes along with the fact that less and less privacy is possible, and that one presents him/herself more openly and more naked to
everyone else. Basically communication is increasingly superficial, impersonal and anonymous. Dubois devotes herself with passion to this complex of topics in an ironic and also comical way. She depicts her protagonists in an exposed and unadorned manner, steeped in a drastic realism that often turns out to be very distorted and untrue in the digital world. By showing hairy, obese women and men in compromising positions, she emphasizes her own strong role as an independent and emancipated woman and artist. For all that, Dubois herself is a silent observer, watching the world in her own display of idiosyncratic perfectionism.
- Sylvia Rehbein (Thomas Rehbein Gallery)
In her work, Joëlle Dubois examines the impact of social media without subjecting it to any explicit critique. She observes the (unusual) human behavior that she sees around her. Her interest in new technologies grew when she spent time in South Korea during the summer of 2014. Inspired by the constant stream of photos and videoclips on the internet, Joëlle Dubois confronts the viewer with explicit scenes of private life. By means of playful improvised compositions, she captures both the surfeit and the transient nature of the images. In her colorful figurative paintings on wood, she also deals with such topics as gender, sexuality and fetishism.
- Wouter De Vleeschouwer (S.M.A.K.)