Lola Daels


Lola Daels




2023, Granito with waste-material(s), +/- 47,5 cm x 18,5 cm x 1,5 cm

"Paesina" emerges as a limited edition, exclusively created for Middelheim Museum Antwerpen, comprising 15 unique pieces, each subtly differing in color and size. It presents a captivating composition of seven colorful stone layers, akin to slices of a cake, symbolizing Earth's intricate strata.

Contrary to its visual narrative, "Paesina" embodies a deeper intention. The layers are meticulously crafted from remnants of the world's seven most polluting industries, starkly contrasting its aesthetic allure with the harsh reality it symbolizes. This divergence prompts profound reflections on humanity's impact on the Earth's future, evoking imagery reminiscent of geological maps.

The name "Paesina" itself alludes to limestone from Tuscany, situated north of the Apennines, where sediments, including remains of marine organisms and algae, undergo petrification over millions of years, offering glimpses into our past.Through a poetic replacement of this material with waste, the work underscores the pollution of our Earth’s core in the future.

But the work is also an ode to understanding how, like all other life forms, we are. The perpetual motion of the Earth’s layers and plates, causing some rock layers to rise while others form valleys, contradicts the notion of the seemingly dead Earth’s crust. Paesina serves as an ode to a way of thinking and being, highlighting that how one perceives the world determines their understanding of and interaction with it. Instead of a solid being, we could see the Earth for the mother she is. Perhaps, instead of seeking domination, we should strive to coexist with our surroundings


Lola Prima Donna Daels °1990, Brussel (BE) represented by Kusseneers Gallery, Brussels. Currently in residency @level five Brussels.



Lola Prima Donna Daels (b. 1990 in Jette, BE) is a Brussels based artist. Leaving from found objects, she poses critical inquiries about the ecological and socio-political situation. By reshaping and integrating her relics into new contexts she questions the concept of authenticity in our globalizing society. She has exponentially gravitated towards researching the human impact from an ecological preoccupation. She works site-specifically, both in research scope as well as in execution. 

Daels obtained her master degree in visual arts in 2014 at Luca School of Arts, Brussels. She has been part of several residency programs such as EKWC (NL), Kooshk recidency (IR) and Cité Internationale des Arts (FR). Her work was shown at Bozar (BE), Extracity Kunsthal (BE), Deegar Platform (IR), Art Sonje Center Seoul (KR) and many more.

Her interest in urban complexities led to the collaboration with architect and urbanist Sebastiaan Willemen. She's is a member of Level Five artistic ecology in Brussels. Currently she's represented by Kusseneers Gallery, Brussels. 


2023 January - February 11th, 2023 Duo-show ‘Light of the past’, Loup Lejeune and Lola Daels @Plagiarama Gallery

2023 Februari 2th - May, 2023 - Art au Centre Liège, Exhibition & parcours in the center of Liège.

2023 October 14, 2022 - 19.03.2023 - Minimalism-Maximalism-Mechanismmm, Exhibition at Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark.

2022 Januari - December Veldwerk, research project in collaboration with Sebastiaan Willemen for Plan B. Find more information about this project here. .

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