Isabel Bouttens is an independent animation artist and illustrator living in Melle (Belgium).
She graduated with a master’s degree in animation at KASK (Ghent, 2002). Her animated films travelled all over the world and were selected at some of the most renowned filmfestivals.
Her work contains drawings and films for music, theater, books, magazines, prints, installations… based on playful experiments with analogue and digital techniques, creating often poetic and mesmerizing images and experiences, linked to her memories, dreams and everyday observations.
Isabel lives and works in a red brick house near the vibrant city of Ghent with her husband, two children, a cat and some chickens. When she is not drawing she is a floral gardener and nature-lover. Inspiring her most recent publication ‘Coco and Mint’, a gardening book for children (featuring lots of chickens), soon to be published by Clavis publishing and VELT.
In 2019 she was invited as a ‘dreamteam’ member of the ‘Blauwhaus’, an ambitious art residency, PhD research and ongoing art project by artist Wim Wauman. Resulting in some promising collaborations such as ‘Floating just Above’ an immersive musical
video installation and performance by composer Michael Harrison (USA) and cello player Pieter Stas.
Isabel teaches animation at the local art academies of Wetteren and Waasmunster and occasionally gives lectures, masterclasses and workshops.