Wim De Prez is not only a great artist, he is also a great talker. He gives a talk in which he reveals how he has evolved as an artist through the years.
This study of his evolution as an artist leads into a variety of topics. Wim De Prez likes to talk about one of his main themes: our suffocating beauty standards. He also loves exploring the connections between art and science.
However, he is willing to explore new topics you are interested in.
The evolution of an artist
In 1993, Wim De Prez began his journey as an artist. Since then, his style has changed and evolved constantly. He has added different forms of art to his repertoire, from sketches to paintings, from handcrafted sculptures to 3D-software and printing.
The artist not only talks about the technical aspects of his evolution. He also show how he slowly discovered his personal style. How did he develop his great sense for color use? When and why did he start including irony and humor into his work?
Our suffocating beauty standard
The most important theme in Wim De Prez’s work is an everlasting quest to question our beauty standards.
What is beauty? What are beauty ideals? Did we create those norms or are we a slave to our biology? Who said we can not wear two different socks?
An example of this can be found in the 2012 sculpture Miss Mars 2962 (picture on the right). The sculpture is the winner of a beauty pageant held on Mars in the year 2962. The work explores how beauty standards are ever-changing and completely random.
Art and science
Wim De Prez finished his studies as an engineer. The technical knowledge he picked up in his education has helped him throughout his career. Of course, it is not a coincidence that he chose to study engineering. Wim De Prez has always had an great interest in science.
In the lecture, Wim De Prez explores how science can be incorporated into art.
In a series of works he made for the Chalmers University in Sweden, he examined famous thought experiments in the history of physics and quantum mechanics. The image on the right shows the artist explaining his reasoning behind the piece about Schrödinger’s cat in a lecture he gave at the Chalmers University.