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Eja Siepman van den Berg

Nationality: 
Dutch
City of birth: 
Eindhoven
1943

Eja Siepman van den Berg is a Dutch sculptor. Initially there was a preference for stone, the removal of material. Afterwards Eja Siepman van den Berg worked more with bronze, she modeled and build it up. According to the tradition of "The Group" are her images subordinate to the model, therefore she works through pictures and without living model. Her images are not employed by the imagination of a particular person but is a game of balance and symmetry.

Siepman van den Berg addresses the doctrine of Brancusi: reducing form to its essence, the questioning of the figurative sculpture, the plastic working of the human body on one hand and the abstraction of the form on the other. She herself rather prefers an architectural context for her sculptures than a natural environment. Combining the abstract with the figurative inspires her extremely. The anatomy is subject to very strict regulation. Each time, they are trying to arrive at a formal solution within the force field, which is bounded by mathematical and organic components. Hence, the name of the works are abstract. Thus the result is not impersonal, beauty is actually very subtly present in detail or minor deviation from the symmetry. Stripped of the head, arms and even legs, devoid of emotions. The images show shape emotions, a sensuous stillness where the body ends up as a sculpture emerges.

The imagination of the body is pre-eminently the domain of art appreciation, which takes as its subject the historical and cultural dimension in imaging. The works of Eja Siepman van den Berg are timeless. They seized the sublime moment in which the beauty of the body is brought to a halt in bronze.