Ada Van Hoorebeke studied painting, but rapidly left behind classical painting techniques of putting paint to canvas with brushes. She works with clay, textile and natural painting, and in Gambia she became an expert in batik, a traditional Indonesian painting technique. A well-known variation of this is ‘tie-dyeing’, which was popular during the hippy movement in the nineteen-sixties. Van Hoorebeke often works with eye-catching instruments and materials, such as clubs, hammers or urine.

Van Hoorebeke gives regular workshops as part of her installations. She regards carrying out this handicraft as part of her artistic work. Her works are sometimes created during live performances with other makers. Her approach is practical and at the same time poetic. Everyday objects are given new functions and become intertwined with daydreams, folklore, rituals and fetishism. Existential questions are examined with an unmistakable sense of humour.