Pater Familias

Mater Familias

The spider is the keeper of the house, a symbol of a healthy home. The wasp is the defender of the home, eating and stinging intruders. Contradictory, since a spider kills for food while wasps sting in self-defense.

Both are terrifying to me, but perpetual inhabitants of my home.

The small paintings “Familias” were created as a commission for a pair of loving parents, taking inspiration from religious Icons and laden with symbology only accessible to the couple owning the paintings.

Dilum Coppens is a Belgian artist, investigating the creation of "meaning" through mythologyical references. His practice consits of different media, ranging from painting and drawing to video and performance. Most often, his creations come together in total-installations with painterly touches.