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2020

Acrylic resin, dye

Edition of 4

Dimensions: 18cm (H) x 23.5cm (W) x 9.5cm (D) / 7.1" (H) x 9.3" (W) x 3.7" (D)

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.

Artist Statement

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Fred 3/4 comes in an edition of 4 pieces, each work has it's own unique color.

I create contemporary and minimalist sculptures with which I create peace, strength and joy.
Balance for the world and for myself. Apparent simplicity, which does not lose its magic.

I look for shapes that feel right. Shapes that are just as earthly as elevated.

I name my sculptures, a title is restrictive for me. A name comes from your subconscious mind and is almost always appropriate. You feel it, but you cannot dissect it clinically. With everything in my life I notice that my subconscious mind and the symbolism associated with it plays a major role.
In my profile biography you can read all about my art.

Read more about my art in my profile biography.

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Maartje

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Artist Profile

Born: 1977

Hometown: Alkmaar

Based in: Alkmaar

Just as earthly as elevated

I create contemporary and minimalist sculptures with which I create peace, strength and joy. Balance for the world and for myself. Apparent simplicity, which does not lose its magic.
 
I look for shapes that feel right. Shapes that are just as earthly as elevated.
 
I name my sculptures, a title is restrictive for me. A name comes from your subconscious mind and is almost always appropriate. You feel it, but you cannot dissect it clinically. With everything in my life I notice that my subconscious mind and the symbolism associated with it plays a major role.


What brought me here

My great love and observant eye for beauty. And at the same time my deep dislike for clutter.
The power that drives me to develop myself positively by always questioning myself and the world with curiosity and doing something with it.
After a creative and enterprising youth, having made a career choice that brought me nothing, over the years I experimented in different art fields and found my true essence in creating sculptures.
My path of life: a warm and alternative home, a wild puberty, a neat gray job, two beautiful children, a divorce, a great love and his death. All of this has helped me to get where I am now starting: with a new great love at my side, finally giving myself and my art the right to exist. (October 2020)


The idea behind my art

As a child, beauty could take my breath away. I wanted to grab it, collect it, do something with it. I had the feeling that it went in on one side and that it had to come out on the other, otherwise I would pop. For example, in the forest in the Dutch artist village Bergen where I grew up, I took beautiful things home with me, which invariably turned ugly when I took them out of context and then withered and lost their colors. Beauty was food for the soul, but also frustration. Materialistically, I wasn’t lucky either. Honest wooden toys, and my sister's clothes. To many others it might have had a stimulating effect on their imagination, but I believe that a large dose is anchored in my DNA anyway, just like with my creativity. I was a sensitive girl with a strong will, who drew every day, invented a lot, undertook and organized a lot and liked to get dirty. At school, where a lot of time was spent on artistic development, it was invariably said that I would later become an artist.

The older I got, the more I learned to let go, and had to let go. And the more I let go, the more often beautiful things arose. Art was no longer what I came up with, but what just came from within. Any other work I did took a lot of energie, but creating art just enriched my energy. From room and relaxation I naturally arrive at that vibrant mystery where my shapes come from. It is such a funny experience to see images come up like the bubbles in my champagne. I just "swipe" through my mind until I see and taste a shape that is right and tasty. And then it is very cool to notice that a strong, own signature is rolling out there. Then comes the creative process, which is wonderfully technical, practical and physical. But if you ask about the idea behind my art, then I have to remain liable for the answer. An idea is what you come up with. My art comes from my subconscious mind.

Beauty no longer houses impossibility, but is now a free form of happiness that makes me a whole person.


The character of my sculptures

When I look at my sculptures, I see that they take their space in a natural way and radiate an enormous amount of energy. They are as earthly as they are elevated. They are peace, strength, joy. Characteristics that bring balance to a troubled and confusing world. Aside from their minimalist and contemporary look, I think that's why you can rightly call it contemporary art. Colors give each sculpture its own nuance.

Another important part in my sculptures is the light. The caress of it along the round and clean lines, as if over soft, taut skin, which makes you want to touch the images. And touching is allowed. That tactile experience alone is wonderful.

I name my sculptures, a title is restrictive for me. A name comes from your subconscious mind and is almost always appropriate. You can feel it, but you cannot dissect it clinically.


The practical side

There are two types of sculptors; the vast majority of them cut away, and work from the outside in, and you have the kind that builds up, which actually works from the inside out. I am a builder and usually start with clay. That has a fine texture, and; I still like to get dirty. But the design is álways leading for the use of materials. As a result, I don't shoot in all directions, because there are too many inspiring materials. And when I shoot in all directions, I lose myself. So; discipline. And I want to work as neatly and sustainably as possible. I don't want the sculpture to fall apart after a few years at the customer. What I do, I always try to do well. You don't buy a concept from me, you buy a sculpture that must be able to stand on its own. And despite the fact that I create contemporary art, the energy of my images is so universally powerful that it will not lose its value and must therefore be equipped for time. So I cast my sculptures in an environmentally friendly acrylic resin (plasticrète) that is weather and frost resistant and I color them through and through. The vast majority of sculptures will end up in people's homes, and If live there is as dynamic as it is at my home, then everything must be ánd beautiful ánd vandal-proof. I álways want éverything. I cast the sculptures that I cast in a modest edition. The size in which I work is also geared towards daily enjoyment. A nice place in the house or garden. The size is also suitable on a pedestal in a company, gallery or museum. I am often practical, but I dream at least as hard: a blow-up of one of my sculptures in a sculpture park is the most sacred! That's what I want to achieve.


The Cock Collection


My masculine side

With my Cock Collection, I want to celebrate my masculine side that is fully developed and expressed along with my art.

As my entire personality is made up of dualities, I feel very feminine and very masculine at the same time.

When my kids were little, especially my feminine side was in the foreground. That gave enormous fulfillment, depth and warmth. Having the dynamism of a family and helping your kids develop is a blissful challenge. It was a dream that I could put a lot into as a woman, but it also consumed my own space. Now my kids are flying out and so do I.

Doing my own thing, being able to focus, putting something into the world and having a healthy self-esteem without having to be perfect ... This is a more masculine energy that is very liberating for me and gives me a lot of pleasure. Funny that afterwards I keep discovering that I often accidentally incorporate a feminine aspect into the creation, which confirms to me that you can never separate the truth from its specific context.

My male and female side are in balance with this. That makes me a complete person.


Plea for freedom

In addition to this important aspect, another subject fills me with passion: freedom. The freedom to be who you are. To be equivalent, without having to be similar. I love diversity.

I am very grateful for the climate in the country where I live, in which we have a lot of freedom. The space to discover your true self and thus find your optimal level of happiness and functioning. Repression of race, gender, faith, sexuality, emotions and diversity ... that's not smart. As a person and as a society, you get a disproportionate amount of problems in return. The resulting misery is extremely painful and unjust. Yes, if I want to stand up for anything, it is for freedom.

So, I take great pleasure in creating a Cock Collection when it serves me, and I am grateful to be able to do so and share it freely. I wish that to everyone.


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