Frederieke Westerveld

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Frederieke Westerveld


I took a few detours and had to move some mountains, before I got where I am today:
Born in the Netherlands in 1983, I thought a career in health care or education would be a noble thing to pursue. Instead, I ended up in art school. After five years of learning how to use a computer and graduating in game design, I became fascinated with the traditional arts. I’m sick, unfit for work, and yet… I want to have a career .

Most of the day I need to rest, but I’ve learned that by living a strict, disciplined life, I’m able to squeeze in an hour or two that I can use to do something else. Every second of those hours is spend working with clay. And although I don’t have a degree to show for it – as I never took any sculpting classes – I’m able to mold an cast the pieces myself.

My work tends to fall into the realm of magical realism. I like telling stories, and I have a thing for contrasting emotions.  Whatever the subject though, all my sculptures are about the motivations behind the choices we make. If that topic doesn’t give me a lifetime of inspiration, I don’t know what does. And I was told by the Internet School of Art Business (I totally made that up just now), you should always plan ahead.


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