Volute, 2006–2019

Ann Veronica Janssens
Volute, 2006–2019
Micro water droplets, air, dimensions variable
Installation view: Sharjah Biennial 14: ‘Leaving the Echo Chamber’
Courtesy of the artist and Bortolami, New York


Ann Veronica Janssens creates immersive installations that rely on various technological devices to draw attention to aesthetic qualities such as colour, light, sound and air. The artist explores experience of the spatial and temporal world by parsing its permeable layers. She is interested in attempting to make fluid the perception of matter and architecture, which she approaches as an obstacle to possibilities of movement and sculptural form.’

In Volute (2006–2017), Janssens uses an ultrasound device to create a transient fog screen that probes the understanding of perception. The fleeting, superfine mist exemplifies a transformation from transparent water to translucent cloud, the creation of a permeable barrier through an experiment in states of matter. The work’s title refers to the decorative ornamentation found in classic architectural columns and also conjures up an embodied and romantic image by recalling the French name for the curls of smoke that rise up from the end of a lit cigarette.

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Ann Veronica Janssens’s experimental work emphasises in-situ installations and the use of very simple or intangible materials, such as light, sound or artificial fog.