My Artist Interview for week 12 is Piet Eppinga.
Eppinga’s artwork is composed of different sculptures molded from clay. His work expresses the different emotions that people experience. Most of his work is placed vertically from the ground and have ceramic pots on the top. The reason why he places most of his work in a vertical fashion is because he is influenced by his upbringing in a country that is generally flat. Most things that matter to the wellbeing of people are in a vertical form. The pots on the top of the sculptures represents head decorations.
Eppinga was inspired to be an artist that works with clay during his childhood years. Eppinga and his brother were given clay to play when they were children and this soon lead to his interest in sculpting. He feels like the clay gives him a link to the past and his ancestors. His work tries to make a link between our ancestors and the present through his artworks.
I thought that his artwork was pretty interesting. It reminds me of a tribal style of artwork that you would see made out of wood carvings. I enjoyed listening to Eppinga’s explanation of his clay sculptures. He sounded like he was very eager to explain to us his artwork and what they represent. At first I thought the artwork was a little strange, but when I heard the explanation behind them, I thought it was pretty interesting.