Stone, alabaster and marble
Dimensions: 36cm (H) x 15cm (W) x 13cm (D) / 14.2" (H) x 5.9" (W) x 5.1" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
This sculpture started with a piece of broken blue marble, a beautiful structure in a soft blue color. I thought that would fit nicely with the slightly transparent, cloudy alabaster.
On closer inspection I appeared to have made a shape that is strongly reminiscent of an alabastron: a variant of the Ancient Greek pottery. A small, elongated jar to save. Nice to have such beautiful predecessors.
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Based in: Utrecht
Fieke de Roij, stone sculptor, based in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
After years of working with all kind of materials, in 1994 I discovered stone sculpting. From that moment my choice was made. With the start of my company ‘Werk in Steen’ in 2005, I wanted to further professionalize my working as a sculptor and create a place to convey my love for the profession. Since 2007 I organize classes stone sculpting in my studio in Utrecht city. And also summer courses on locations in The Netherlands, Germany and France.
In 2019 I celebrated my 25 years of stone sculpting and the many years of teaching.
The stone itself is my source of inspiration. That’s were it all starts and that’s why I constantly collect them: from containers, from the street, as a gift from people, but also from the sculpture shop.
My images are clear and abstract. They arise intuitively, by combining forms and materials. While working I am constantly in search for simplicity and balance. The traces of the making process remain visible, often in the structure of the chisel stroke, but also in fracture surfaces or surface finishes. That gives the sculptures a personal signature. With clear lines and surfaces I try to evoke a powerful form.
My sculptures are not explicitly beautiful or seductive. They do not tell a story but evoke an atmosphere or association. As a viewer you are able to make your own interpretation.
Regularly I take part in exhibitions. You can find an overview on my website.
College of Education Utrecht, teacher training Textile and Crafts (1982-1988)
Academy for Visual Arts The Hague (1995-2000)
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