The use of collage, montage, assemblage and free association is for the belgian sculptor Caroline Coolen, a way to get a grip on reality. She encapsulates a multiplicity of everyday impressions in her sculptures: typical is her relationship with nature, landscape and animals. She strives to compress an overall impression of the outside world – or Umwelt as Coolen calls it – into her art. Always beginning with modelling, she creates a conglomerate from very diverse materials. This profound integration connects space and time, the sphere within which humans, animals or plants are placed. Caroline Coolen’s work simulates a broad spectrum of our senses, with varied textures and different materials she binds the visual to the tactile. The results are sculptures, large scale drawings, often presented as an installation.

Art in public space and art integration

2016 “Robrecht van Haspengouw”, Herk-de-stad (B)

2015 “Flag”, Middelheimmuseum, Antwerp (B)

2010 “Iedereen curator”, Izegem (B)

2009 “Free Foxes”, Thuis voor een beeld, Oost-Vlaanderen (B)

2009 “Caravan”, Sint-Truiden (B)

2006 “Expanding horizons”, OCMW Antwerp (B)

2005 “Choufleur”, Neerpelt (B)

2000 “Porcocrates”, Neerpelt (B)


2016 Laureate Grote Prijs Ernest Albert, Mechelen (B)

2009 Selection Provinciale Prijs, Antwerp (B)

2008 Laureate Parkstad Limburgprijs, Heerlen (NL)

2005 Laureate Prix Evelyn Encelot, Dijon, France (FR)

1998 Laureate Vincke-Soeursprijs, Antwerp (B)

1998 Laureate Rembrandt Bugattiprijs, Antwerp (B)

1998 Laureate Prijs Plastische Kunsten, Lede (B)