Frozen Brains can be linked to the classic horror movie like Frankenstein. There is also a correlation with the latest scientific cloning developments: brains are frozen for safekeeping, ready to be thawed when the cloning technique starts and then transplanted by man for the man. Moreover, the title ‘Frozen Brains’ refers to a formal aspect of De Mits' objects. The artist dismisses the reality of fleshy, supple organs to a state of frozen, rock-hard and compact, rigid organs that do not need to function as vital part of a human body, but as aesthetic objects leading a life of their own.
Trees De Mits’ (°1951) work is a growing laboratory of spatial elements and digital images. Sometimes they are rudimentary and hard to interpret and sometimes they are recognisable. They arise from a particular concept in which intuition gives direction in the process of creating the work. Without hierarchy, images complement each other as a vague memory of a clear report. The body, anatomy and medicine are the source of inspiration and used as a departure point.
The periods of travel and work as an "artist in residence" play a significant role in the development of De Mits' work. The physical setting within the dominance of a culture or landscape controls the selection and registration of new and unknown images. De Mits finds it a challenge to place intimacy and sensuality central in a predominately conceptual art piece.
Trees De Mits teaches ceramics and glass art at Sint-Lucas in Ghent, Belgium. She actively exhibits nationally and internationally. Ceramics is not just a craft for her, but a full-fledged way of artistic expression. In addition, De Mits uses photography and video in her work.