Monique Thomaes

2010 | ingewikkeld


2010, 2 LED displays
as part of the group exhibition „Ingewikkeld” Hasselt, Clarissenklooster
organized by Gallery De Mijlpaal


… Synonyms are different words with the same meaning …

On 2 led-displays, hanging side by side, synonyms of the words ingewikkeld(complicated) and inwikkelen(to wrap)are superposed alphabethically in a different rhythm.

In this way unattended and poetical combinations are generated again and again.

2010 | present-ed


light animation in the Loggia KMSKA
Concept Monique Thomaes
Light advice Harry Cole

Light installation as part of the third edition from Into the Light international exhibition by Error One, ( with video and light installations on public display in Antwerp South in collaboration with the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, Middelheimmuseum, M hka, Cinema Zuid, Air and several galleries.


For Into the Light Monique Thomaes made a light installation at the loggia high on the façade of the stately Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp.

The choice of this location arises out of her interest in space, light and architecture. During the course of the project, the eleven artists’ busts are brought increasdingly into the spotlight: one by one, or in group, a powerful spotlight draws these inconspicuous images out of their niche in a theatrical and poetic way.

The architecture remains unchanged: what is already there only receives an additional accent. Passers-by are invited to look at the building in a new way.

2010 | move_d


CC Ter Vesten, Beveren-Waas, Belgium 2010
Chapel Vrasene
4 tables/plexiglass/video installation


Stefaan Van Biesen
text to the exhibition – abstract

“… Monique Thomaes considers the architectural space as an integral part of her work.
A dialogue emerges between thinking, place and image. The artist improves space with a minimalistic zen attitude an lets the public participate its marvel.

For her installation she takes existing elements from the chapel, transforms them using light and projection and adds them back to the space.

So she filmed all the stained glass windows with increasing and decreasing exposure times – from dark to light to dark – and selected therefrom the ovals containing different personages and situations.

The video-montage, projected on the front-wall, resembles a portrait gallery: sculptures in a shining ebb and flow, as if the shining and disappearing of the visible were a metaphor for the changing and elusive light in space.
The same light coincides with the reflection of the seven stained glas windows on the four tables placed in the chapel and breaks on the blue plexiglass surface on the tables.
The image becomes an architectural abstraction: it is spread horizontally, exhibited and moved from the window to another place in space.

It is an invitation to look in another way to a space one thinks to know.”