L'art en fusion, a marriage of art and great food
Since a few weeks, Brussels is a new experience richer for those who love unique sensations. With L'art en fusion Odewa combines her two passions: the arts of painting and preparing amazing food.
Over the past weeks I had the pleasure to discover the world of the chef and artist behind the experience L'art en fusion. I now know Odewa as a passionate, always smiling and creative woman with an incredible talent. Time and again she has surprised me with what she conjures up on the table.
With simple ingredients she knows like no other how to create an explosion of taste. What I especially like about her way of cooking is how zero waste it is. Nothing is lost. Not even a simple cauliflower: At my home I learned that I had to cut away all the green, thanks to her I found out that I can actually eat the greens. And it tastes so good!
During my visits we talked about many different things, including how much Odewa has grown into who the artist she is today. Here are few answers to some of the questions I asked her during our conversations.
When did you start painting?
I can't remember the exact moment when I started painting. What I do remember is the pleasant feeling and the pride in my body when I started working with brushes and playing with colours at the age of eleven. Every brushstroke was like writing a new chapter in a story with a heroine without a face and without a name.
Why did you decide to combine art and food?
I've been to the Cardinal Mercier hotel school where I learned the basics of cooking. That is how I discovered my second passion, the art of making delicious food. I didn't choose this combination, the choice was made for me. It is an obvious extension, a continuity of my two hemispheres. Throughout my life both passions have co-existed and somewhere along the way they have met each other.
Throughout my life both passions have co-existed and somewhere along the way they have met each other.
Today people can book me as a private chef at home, book a cooking class, a paint class or anything else that involves food and art. They can even learn how to decorate a table to impress their guests. I like to see myself as free spirit that follows the vibes and emotions that surround me, leading me from one direction to another.
How would you describe your art?
My art, that's what I am completely. It's a representation of everything I love about a woman, femininity, transparency and lightness. But also strength, fragility, turbulence, satisfaction, modesty and seduction. The calmness and the tornado. My art is peaceful as a stream of water, agitated as rapids, white as snow and red as lava.
I started as a painter creating pieces on a canvas. Later I've acquired a taste for photography and started playing with layers. I combined old paintings with pictures and created new works of art.
What inspires you art new exhibition 'L'art en fusion'?
This exhibition is a hundred percent who I am today. I let myself be guided by brushstrokes, the human body and colours. Add natural pigments, spices and raw materials and you get 'l'art en fusion'. Acrylic, spices and Japanese paper coexist softly and forcefully within this art exhibition.
This exhibition is a hundred percent who I am today. I let myself be guided by brushstrokes, the human body and colours.
If you want to discover for yourself what L'art en fusion has to offer, you can go to art space Freddy Thielemans in Brussels as from the 31st of January. Until February the 23rd, the exhibition L'art en fusion will be on display there.