Wim Delvoye is a Belgian neo-conceptual artist known for his inventive and often shocking projects. Much of his work is focused on the body. He repeatedly links the attractive with the repulsive, creating work that holds within it inherent contradictions- one does not know whether to stare, be seduced, or to look away. As Robert Enright wrote in Border Crossings, “Delvoye is involved in a way of making art that reorients our understanding of how beauty can be created”.
Delvoye is no stranger to the morbid, also dabbling in the macabre with his series called “Art Farm,” where here tattoos pig skins discarded from slaughterhouses in the United States.
Wim Delvoye (1965) is a fervent empiricist. Like Cloaca, a famous mechanical digestive device producing « artist shits », his works are meant to be hybrid. Mixing pell-mell craft, technology, scatology and sacred, he takes pleasure in abolishing the distinctions between the beautiful and the ugly, the pure and the impure.
Wim Delvoye has an eclectic oeuvre, exposing his interest in a range of themes, from bodily function, to the Catholic Church, and numerous subjects in between.