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“Man is a piece of work without a well-defined shape”
(Pico della Mirandola (1463-1494)
In the more than 25 years that I have been active as a visual artist, my work has developed from wearable jewellery and accessories to sculptural, theatrical objects. At the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (School of the Arts) in Utrecht, I completed a 3-D design course, with a specialisation in jewellery. Previously, I completed the technical course for goldsmithing. These different fields of study gave direction to my artistic practice.
The human body, which was initially primarily a ‘medium’ for my work, has gradually become an integral part of it. In this development I examine the body as a form, as a medium for meaning, and as a spatial object.
The body reveals itself and is exposed to the outside world, or it hides and shields itself. In my work I examine both aspects, which at times seem contradictory, but which always complement and alternate with one another. I see the body as a space, a domain that is always in motion.
My work usually consists of metal wire, sometimes in combination with other materials. Bending, wrapping, turning, hooking and hammering the wire creates objects, shapes and spatial volumes that are transparent and translucent. At the same time, they delineate the space. They take up space while at the same time making space visible. In this process, the phenomenon of ‘time’ is also an important factor: the work is created step by step, from the material and through the repeating action. As I work, the space is given a form. Space gets meaning, it can be an opening, a pause, or a place to be.
“Sometimes space is the best structure you can erect. (……….) Everything happens there because nothing is prescribed; these are timeless and promising places.”
(Ester Naomi Perquin, 2016).
Museé des beaux-art in Montréal
Museum Jan van der Togt in Amstelveen
De Zwolsche Algemeene,
T.C. Designcentre in Schiedam
Collectors and private individuals at home
2003 Project subsidyMondriaanfonds
2002 Grant of basic stipend FBKVB