Ingrid Slaa

"My work is autobiographical. Using casts of my own body parts I try to depict the world around me, what strikes me, what I think about, what I experience, or what I encounter in an image. I don't know in advance what it will be in the end and what material I will use."

Basis - Silicon, Lifesize

"Being an artist is my second career. I first worked as a speech therapist. But I discovered that I did not want to do that for the rest of my life. Out of a desire to develop my creativity, I started at the Vrije Academie for Beeldende Kunst when I was 35. And as soon as I got in there, I knew I had found my place, my goal. I wanted to become an artist. After 6 years I graduated cum laude in spatial work. And since then I have been working to further develop myself as an artist.

The leitmotiv in my work is the use of my own body. I often start with a new sculpture by making a mold of (a part of) my own body. Think of hands, fingers, feet, my face, ears, nose, legs or also my back. With this mold, I make several casts in various materials. From playing with these casts, making sketches, and collecting words related to a certain event or feeling, a new work grows. While this process is going on it becomes clear what the artwork is about, what material I am going to use and how it should be shaped. In this way, a personal story takes shape in an installation or single artwork

I use various materials, such as plaster, silicone, epoxy, textile, casting wax and polyurethane foam. Photography is also part of my work.”

Not - Silicon mask on a panel 175 x 35 cm
Are you listening? - Casting wax 90 x 90 x 90 cm
Hanging - Casting wax and textile, Lifesize
Liquid - Wax sculpture, print on dibond 120 x 80 cm

This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


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