Indra Wouters is a visual artist creating installations that include sculptural elements, ceramics and metal structures.
In her practice she zooms in on industrial and technological processes and their infrastructures, ranging from mechanical elements to architectural design. Those artifacts stand in for a lesser-known world that is often forgotten – if not consciously rendered invisible- by the self-evident attitude of postindustrial lifestyles.
Her installations partially uncovers these hidden scenographies and recontextualizes the beauty and elegance of industrial aesthetics. Forms are liberated from their original utility to generate more universal forms, in which scale and material become the parameters to create new formal identities.
How can one give an identity to the aura of these objects? This question leads into a discourse that can affect our vision on urban planning, labor, and consumption. Wouters’ curiosity reminds us of the discussions about the balance between man and machine, the dispensability of the laborer versus craft, and human knowledge. How does an installation invite interaction or inspires the public to invent possible narratives? It triggers a need for deeper understanding involving the cog in the machine, the specificity of an object produced in an industrial environment.
Although her attention is mainly drawn to imagery and materials that references modernist functionalism, the production of her own work depends mainly on manual labor and craft. The decision to work with ceramics (a material that is much more useful for obtaining organic forms rather than industrial perfection) imply an array of questions that are necessary to govern our contemporary and future state of industry and production.
Elevated Storage Tank - BPTVAx66