Monica van den Berg

My current work engages both the sculptural form and more often a vessel that can serve as a canvas to paint on.   A slip is used to generate a canvas effect which creates more texture.  The paintings are abstract and the focus is on landscapes.  The current series is named City Scapes. 

The inspiration of this series of bronze sculptures was built on the idea of creating a form or sculpture around the lacuna or open space. My observation comes from sea-washed pebbles and shells where holes were created by movements of water, sea and sand. The lacuna leads light through it which draws the eye of the viewer to another part of the sculpture. Viewed fom different angles, the unfilled space varies in form. With this series my intention is to inspire the viewer to take notice of different forms and shapes created by nature.

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Central to my work is humanity, and most notably, the human head, the center of thought, reason, and creativity. My sculptures reflect an intense relationship between myself and the clay with which I am working.

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