Over the last 30 years my work evolved from (religious) symbolic where meaning determined the form of the works, to abstraction where the form determines the meaning. The form first appears in lots of drawings and later in the working proces with the material. In the end, the final form of the work provides the title. Sometimes the title becomes a poem.
The aspect of form providing thoughts, titels and poetry is of great importance for me. It is the opposite of how I was brought up, in a Calvinist environment where ‘The Word’ is the source of everything. Word creates form. I want to do the opposite: Form creates words.
Not surprisingly, I feel attracted to the Works of Jean Arp, his ideas about abstract art and his idea of the relationship between art and nature. To Arp, art was not about copiing the natural World but art itself was a product of nature: “Producing an art work is similar to the tree that produces an Apple”.
The aspect of the vulnerability has an important place in my work. In ephemeral installations with paper, wood or porcelain shows the material in its transistory existence. The hidden force of growth weaves many small elements into a single monumental installation. I compare it to crafts as weaving, quilting, braid where the elements time and repetition are essential to the process.
About once a year I participate in an exhibition with ephemeral installations.
IRMA HORSTMAN FINE ARTS
BORN: ZELHEM THE NETHERLANDS 20-10-60
BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS (ARTEZ, ZWOLLE/KAMPEN 1988)
ADRESS: VEENMOS 163 8265 HV KAMPEN NL PHONE: 0031-6-23228450
Recent activities, exhibitions, commisions
2017 Art prize of the city of Kampen (NL)
Exhibition Dutch Sculptors Association Loosdrecht, (NL) at the Sypesteijn Castle Exhibition nominations art Prize Kampen Kampen (NL)
HardenbergArt Hardenberg (NL)
Art wit no borders De Wijk/IJhorst (NL)
Art Center de Kolk Spaarndam (NL)
2015 Nominations Art competition Kampen (NL) (gemeentelijke expositieruimte)
Summer exhibition HardenbergArt Hardenberg (NL)
Nature, Art, Religion. Castle of Stapelen Stapelen (Installatie) Boxtel (NL)
De Art Greenery Wognum (NL)
Amsterdam Forest (Dutch sculptors association) Amsterdam (NL)
Art and sculpture route Witte de Withstraat Amsterdam (NL)
Friesch Grafisch museum Joure (NL)
Weg van Kunst Kampen (NL)
MLB galerie Amsterdam (NL)
Amsterdamse Bos Dutch sculptors association Amsterdam (NL) (Installation)
A selection of exhibitions until 2012
Voerman Museum Hattem (NL) Galerie de Medici, Nunspeet (NL) Friesch Grafisch Museum Joure (NL) Municipal Art Gallery Eilat (Israel) Galleria Somogyi Josef Papa (Hungari) Kunstwiese Eschenau (Austria) Municipal Gallery Varkaus (Finland) Kunst-RAI Amsterdam Concorso internationale di sculpturo di legno Madonna di Campiglio (Italy)
De auw sjokolaatfabriek (Dutch sculptors association) Gulpen Art Collective de Ploegh Soest De Blauwe Roos Burum Gallery De Pol Pannerden Month of the arts Ameland Castle of Sypesteyn Loosdrecht City Hall Lelystad besides de exibitions II participate in schoolprojects on visual art and land-art
10 abstract iron sculptures for a nursing home Kampen City of Putten/ Bronze Putten Bronze sculpture celebrating 100 years of the Union Kampen 5 Sculptures for a restaurant Giethoorn Sculpture on account of the retirement of the Major Kampen Sculpture in front of a home for mentally disabled persons IJsselmuiden 4 Iron sculptures for a Hospice Hoofddorp Sculpture 100 years Theological University Kampen Garden object Private commision Amersfoort Garden-object Private commision The Hage Memorial (private) Kampen
3 birth-celebration-objects bronze Hardenberg 2 Memorials (private) bronze Zwolle Sculpture Iron (private) Nijverdal
Catalogue AA-Kunst Groningen 1993 Videopresentation Prima Vista 1995 R.Boender Videopresentation Septembermanifestatie N.O.Overijssel. 1995 “Gebeiteld”, five years at De Brieder. Baljet, Everwijn, van Hest ‘In de spiegel van het Beeld’ about art and religion R. Steensma, Baarn 1987 Catalogue “De wegen liggen in een reis” Dutch sculptors association (at the summerexhibition castle of Groeneveld, Baarn). C.D. De Jaarringen in het beeld 1998 . Dutch sculptors association Heartgardens, catalogue Art Gardens Hengelo st. Heartpool 2002 Catalogue Childright auction 2005 Articles in newspapers Varkaus, Finland, 2005 Plus diverse articles in local newspapers at exhibitions Publication about my work 2005 KOPPEN/BEELDEN with essays from Geraart Westerink and Peggy Breitbarth