Kasper Bosmans

Sand Paintings, 2016–2019
Wood, sand and pigment
126 x 77 x 33 cm

Sand Paintings, 2016–2019
Wood, sand and pigment
126 x 77 x 33 cm

Sand Paintings, 2016–2019
Wood, sand and pigment
126 x 77 x 33 cm

Photo credits: Kristof Vrancken

Sand Paintings

The Sand Paintings are based on a local custom in the Kempen region; from the eighteenth century, floors were scrubbed with sand. Women who sat next to the hearth would make sand paintings based on folkloric motifs. The first Sand Painting produced by Bosmans depicts a canary - the bird which was taken down into the mines as a kind of carbon-monoxide detector. The various versions of Bosmans’ Sand Paintings have different local colours and types of sand and depict different, native birds.