About me

About me and my art

If there one regret in my life, it would be not going to art school after graduating... I had to get lost even more, I guess, and I started building a life meant for someone else. Eventually, the calling of the Soul is one of the strongest songs. And if you don't listen, it becomes a syren's chant or a banshee's cry. At some point, you can't ignore it any longer.
Muriel Van Peteghem, 1991. Soul searching. Oil on canvas, 40 x 60 cm

Soul searching

My first ever painting I made when I was 14 years old. I called it Soul searching. I still think it is the most powerful work I've ever made. It opened a new world to me: Art as a way to express myself when words could not cover the depths of my feelings and emotions.

I remember feeling exhilarated with this sense of breakthrough and showed it to my parents. "That's nice", they said. "Make sure to clean up the garage when you're done".

5 years later, my parents talked me out of becoming an artist. I was doomed to a life of poverty. They meant well.

I could not live in any of the worlds offered to me - the world of my parents, the world of war, the world of politics. I had to create a world of my own, like a climate, a country, an atmosphere in which I could breathe, reign and recreate myself when destroyed by living. That, I believe, is the reason for every work of art. 



I pleased my parents by studying Law and French, and I took complementary courses in Journalism. I had many shitty jobs that made me deeply unhappy. Till I was 30, I had no clue what I wanted to do "when I grow up". I struggled with relationships and with my health. My main priority was processing my traumas, dealing with addiction and related hardships. During a massive burnout, I decided to become a freelance writer. That was in 2009. I loved the autonomy and proved to myself that life is easier when you do something you love. I appreciate that people valued me as an expert and paid me accordingly. Gradually, it dawned on me that I have stories to tell myself instead of writing about other people’s products, services, or strategies etc. I want to share my personal story. I want to inspire others to transform their pain and suffering and reconnect with their essence as I did. Therapy, astrology, being a life artist, singing, and writing poetry kept me afloat all these years.

Mess is more

I am living 1000 lives in one. Every day I am weaving it all together. The result? A ragged patch with holes in it. But I love it as a toddler loves its tawdry and worn-out stuffed animal. It is messy, but it is my life. It is never done. It is never boring.

I can’t keep pace, which frustrates me continuously. There is hardly ever a thread of someone else mixed up in my weaving, it may lay next to one, but they remain separate. Yes, it does feel lonely, depending on your point of view. But it feels “all” and “whole” for me at the same. It feels like the universe was stuffed inside of me. It does not fit. It will never fit.

But it needs to be there. There is no choice. It was put there by Great Mystery, and I am not seeking answers. I have questions, I always have questions. Like bees zooming in my brain. Constantly buzzing, moving back and forth.

Where are the bees going? Don’t know. Yet, still, at the end of summer, they’ve created a hive, a honeycomb and sweet, sweet honey.

There is your answer. 

Muriel Van Peteghem. Bodypainting: House of body art © L. de Veth

© Ernst van Deursen

© Ernst van Deursen

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