About Isabelle Scheltjens
Isabelle Scheltjens was born in Belgium in 1981. After developing a fascination with art at a young age, she studied at SISA, the Antwerp City Institute for Decorative Arts and Crafts. Her husband Dirk Neefs inspired her to work with glass.
Isabelle was soon fascinated by the way glass unites several contrasting properties. It is both fragile and yet resistant to different forces. It is transparent and opaque, at once light and heavy. Isabelle was inspired to explore ways of expressing its unusual contractions.
Over years of experimentation and practice, Isabelle honed her skills, mastered colour theory and developed a unique glass-fusing method. It allows her to melt and combine pieces of glass in different colours, sizes and textures.
The colourful pieces of glass appeared similar to the dots of paint used by the pointillists. Isabelle used them to investigate the ambiguous relationship between proximity and distance.
In her art, the glass fragments form an abstract image up close. But when viewed from a distance, a dramatic, precise portrait, and the true beauty of the glass is revealed.