Mariëtte van der Ven

Dreams with a frayed edge
Vanitas is perhaps the first word that occurs to you when looking at Mariëtte van der Ven’s new sculptures. They seem to bear witness to an earthly temporality and transience, of emptiness and vanity. But a closer look reveals a love of life and an attempt to accept death as an inescapable part of that. Participating in and experiencing time is a subject that has occupied Mariëtte for a while, but it gains more depth in her recent work.
Her new, often monochrome work can be read as a poem, lyrical and descriptive without directly revealing the literal meaning. Let your eyes explore the details of these refined pieces and lose yourself in associations and interpretations.
The layers of meaning in her sculptures is still present. Mariëtte’s porcelain pieces are more richly-detailed than her earlier work, giving more possibilities for wandering and wondering. The fear of finiteness is exchanged for dreams about life, sometimes sweet but usually with a frayed edge, just as life itself.

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