Virginie Besengez is a ceramic artist, based in the idyllic setting of Wambrechies, a commune situated in northern France. Sensitive to forms and materials, Virginie above all observes daily life and questions things that surround us.
Inspired by the most fundamental techniques and skills, the final pieces are held in the natural tones, such as sand white or graphite black. Her pots are built out of the same material, clay, that she truly appreciates for its limitless in shapes and creation. With a Flemish identity, she is a big admirer of painters like Vermeer, Rembrandt and Pieter de Hooch.
"Gray skies, huge clouds, rich and dark soil… Back in my grandparents’ house, walls and furniture were black, dark, which gave a discrete but sensible light to the atmosphere. Each material, wood, clothes, bricks and stones, was peaceful and reassuring, I believe this is why my work is mainly concerned with a seek of material, of sober black and white, looking like houses and villages in Nederlands,” shared her thoughts Virginie.
Porous and fragile, clad in the appearance of real caldrons, the pieces amaze with its simplicity and naturalness. They sit perfectly together in a set, but also work very well individually.