For the Belgian sculptor Caroline Coolen, the use of collage, montage, assembly and free association is a way to get a grip on reality. She summarizes the multitude of impressions from reality in her sculptures. Characteristic is her relationship with nature,landscape and animals. She wants to compress the outside world -or Umwelt as Coolen calls it -as one total impression. Often starting from sculpting, a conglomerate with extremely diverse materials is created. With this far-reaching integration, she connects space with time in which humans and animals or plants are placed. Caroline Coolen’s work plays a broad spectrum of our senses; with varied textures and various materials, she binds the visual to the tactile.This produces sculptures and large format drawings that are often presented as a total installation.