Lola Daels

135 kg CO2

Lola Daels

135 kg CO2



2022. Concrete and steel, 360cm x 65cm.

A column rises up, its emblem almost breaking through the roof. Reminiscent of monumental advertising signs one finds next to the highway, 135 kg CO₂ the amount of emissions produced for the creation of this artwork - is made in artisanal rocaille-technique. The decorative practice originated in the 19th century with the rapid spread of the usage of portland cement, which saw the material deployed to mimic natural appearances: faux bois (fake wood), faux pierre (fake stone) and fax rocher (fake rocks). The bark of this concrete tree imitates that of a wild cherry tree, and is crowned with a faux coquillage (fake shell). The scallop - celebrated throughout art history as a symbol of fertility, life, beauty and rebirth - has been appropriated by one of the most polluting multinationals of our globalised capitalist world. Research reveals that Shell is responsible for 1.8 % of all greenhouse emissions since the start of the Industrial Revolution. The opaque grey, grim shell-tree stands as a stark monument for our petrified nature: a world where oceans acidify, shells dissolve, coral reefs fade and die and areas become unlivable due to desertification. A fossilised environment, deprived of life and colour.

©Photo Eline Willaert, exhibition view "Terre en force" at Kusseneers Gallery with the work of Lara Ögel (TR), Carlos Irijalba (ES) and Lola Daels (BE). Terre en force reunites work that explores the incongruent relationships we construct and foster with the earth on which we stand. They reveal admiration, intimidation, bewilderment, the urge to control and even emulate natural phenomena and forces of our decaying ecosystem. The practices of the three artists explore positions on this spectrum, coming together in a triptych exhibition curated by Evelyn Simons.


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. 



  • Mine Away - Solo Exhibition at M Leuven 
    March 14th till Sept 5th 2024
  • Artist talk
    + screening of the movie ‘Apple Cider Vinegar’ by Sofie Bennoot
    Thursday sept 5th 2024
    19:00 – 21:50 at M Leuven

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