Antoinette Donkers-Dekker

I would describe my pieces as images of hope.

Dark and light, earth and heaven are central themes in my entire body of work, together with human emotion / my emotion. My pieces show my personal development, my search for God and for myself, my struggle and liberation.

In recent years, light has played a larger role in my work than before. The light grows and struggle and pain transform, while forms, which for a long time used to be figurative and expressive, are becoming more abstract. A balance develops between the dark and the light, a balance between earth and heaven.
Creating my art has always been wholesome for me. Giving shape to my thoughts and emotions, which used to feel as a necessity, has brought and continues to bring peace, strength and meaning to me.

In the end, I hope my work can be a source of inspiration for others – that the pieces may serve as a beacon of peace, joy, strength, comfort or hope.




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Vita
In 1971 I was born in Oostburg, the Netherlands. I studied at the School of Fine and Performing Arts in Tilburg and in Arnhem. And now I have been a visual artist and art teacher for over 20 years. In my own studio I work on autonomous work and work in commission.

My autonomous work is often, though not always, autobiographical. Its main theme is life itself, both its pain and its beauty.

Work in commission includes sculptures for commemoration, such as a commemorative monument for deceased children at Zegestede cemetery in Roosendaal.

In addition, I teach ceramics and sculpture to adults in my own studio. At schools I give guest art lessons to children in the form of thematic workshops.

I am very interested in the role that art plays in mental health. Since 2018 I have worked as an artistic dynamic coach in addition to my work as an artist and teacher.

I regularly exhibits my work, both solo and in group exhibitions.

My work has been purchased by private persons and companies.

Education:

Artistic dynamic coaching
Breda
2016 - 2018

School of Fine and Performing Arts (ArtEZ)
Arnhem
1995 - 1997

School of Fine and Performing Arts (Fontys)
Tilburg
1991 - 1995

23 August 2020
Lecture at the statue "Like water I am poured out" and about the accompanying project in the Catharina church in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

2016
Nomination for the Van Lanschot Art Prize 2016 with the sculpture "Aleppo"

2010 – 2014
member of the ballot committee of the BKC, Visual Artists Collective in Roosendaal, the Netherlads.

1999 - 2014
board member of the BKC, Visual Artists Collective in Roosendaal
and from 2001 to 2010 also treasurer

January 2013 – October 2013 organization sales exhibition for War Child to help the children in Syria. Also participate in this.

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Exhibitions

2020
Project "Like water I am poured out", solo
Eersel Sint Willibrorduskerk,
Veldhoven Immanuelkerk, Eindhoven Cahtarinakerk.

2016
"How are you 2?"
Eersel, Kempen Museum Garden, group

Retrospective
Cadzand - Bad, Gallery De Ouverture

2015
Tilburg, Gallery Holtrop, group
Veldhoven, Gallery Hello, solo
Breda, Service residence Vredenbergh, double

2014
Participation in Art Route "Het Heilige" in the Roosendaal churches and monasteries

2013
Baarland, Gallery G Eighteen 88, group
Tilburg, Gallery The Duvelhok, group

2012
Roosendaal, Gallery BKC room 31 A, solo

2011
Roosendaal, Gallery BKC room 31 A, double

2008
Roosendaal, Artotheek 18, solo

2004
Oostburg, Eligiuskerk,"the Other in other words", group
Vianen, Grote Kerk,"look into eternity", group
Roosendaal Artotheek 18 solo







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Publications
Septembre 2016
Various articles in Eindhovens Dagblad and local newspapers about Nomination for the van Lanschot Art Prize 2016 with the sculpture "Aleppo".

Octobre 2013
Various articles in BN de Stem and local newspapers about sales exhibition for Syria.

06-09-2011:
Article BN de Stem "Memory artwork to give loss a place"

2-06-2001:
Article PZC
"Artworks bring people back to their origins - exhibition Burgh- Haamstede.

5-02-2000:
Article BN de Stem "Life, death and faith" - exhibition city office Roosendaal


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Work in commission
2017 "Vase" edition 10 pieces, business gift mayor of Eersel
2016 private: urn
2015 private: transformation of old tombstone into 2 new statues for commemoration
2014 private: full-size portrait bust
2013 "The golden heart", Rabobank prize for the best volunteers in Roosendaal
2012 private: small artwork "hands"
2011 Sculpture " sky boat 2", Funeral home Sint Maartensdijk
2011 private: commemorative little sculpture, boy 4 years
2008 2 x trophy for the two best suppliers of Philips Lighting Global Mechanization Network. Relevant suppliers are located in Aachen and in Pila.
2005 Monument "Vogel",commemorative monument for deceased children at Zegestede cemetery in Roosendaal
1999 Sketch design church window protestant church, Oostburg




Together 1
This piece is autobiographical. I was born the youngest in a family with three children. My mother had loved to have four children, but about a year before I was born she had a miscarriage. I also shared in this loss. I could feel lonely. In the piece Together 1 I bring together two embryonal forms. Together they take on a new shape, together they are a new whole. Creating this piece was transformative for me. Loneliness was transformed into something new, something that is good and pure and lighter. To emphasize the purity, the piece has been glazed glossy white.
Antoinette Donkers-Dekker, Keramik
Together 2
This piece is autobiographical and is a sequel to Together 1. In the piece Together 2 I bring two embryonal forms together. Together they take on a new shape, together they are a new whole. Creating this piece was transformative for me. Loneliness was transformed into something new, something that is good and pure and lighter. To emphasize the purity, I made the piece out of pure porcelain clay, which turns a beautiful white when fired. Working with porcelain is an intensive and time-consuming process. Porcelain is self-willed work with and requires patience and love. This fits in perfectly with the embryonal theme, as does the beautiful white colour.
Antoinette Donkers-Dekker, Keramik
Beginning
Belly and boat, arise and being on the way, salvaged and rooted.
Antoinette Donkers-Dekker, Keramik, Keramik
Forest
Forest, porcelain white pure trees, rooted in mother earth.
Antoinette Donkers-Dekker, Keramik, Keramik
Trinity
Porcelain Powerfully rooted in the earth and with branches rising to the sky, the tree is for me a connector between heaven and earth. Literally, but also figuratively. In nature, everything is always only itself, pure, pure and good. That purity has a lot to do with heaven for me. In the trees, the white unglazed porcelain clay symbolizes this. The earth in which the trees are rooted, is represented by the black glazed porcelain bottom. 
Antoinette Donkers-Dekker, Keramik
Tree
Porcelain Powerfully rooted in the earth and with branches rising to the sky, the tree is for me a connector between heaven and earth. Literally, but also figuratively. In nature, everything is always only itself, pure, pure and good. That purity has a lot to do with heaven for me. In the trees, the white unglazed porcelain clay symbolizes this. The earth in which the trees are rooted, is represented by the black glazed porcelain bottom. 
Antoinette Donkers-Dekker, Keramik
Believe
"Believe” shows a standing woman with spread wings, her head upright and her hair flapping in the wind. "Believe" is about believing and trusting in yourself. About believing in your own strength, goodness and beauty. About believing in your possibilities and talents and being allowed to spread your wings. During the making of “Believe”, this sculpture became a kind of guard for me, a kind of protector of freedom and peace in general. Like an angel, this female figure keeps watching over peace and keeps believing in it, even against the odds. She is peace herself.
Antoinette Donkers-Dekker, Keramik
About Freedom
The sculptures "Arise", "About Freedom" and "Believe", include a short series. The theme of this series is believing in yourself and building your visibility on this belief. “About Freedom” shows a similar sculpture to "Arise, but more powerful. She is powerful brown. The legs are more active and wings are attached to the torso. This woman gets up and spreads her wings. She is powerfully present, but has not yet fully grown.
Antoinette Donkers-Dekker, Keramik
Arise
The sculptures "Arise", "About Freedom" and "Believe", include a short series. The theme of this series is believing in yourself and building your visibility on this belief. “Arise” shows a female figure getting up. Still without arms and a head, but the movement has begun. It is an inner rise and a beginning to believe in one's own strength and dignity.
Antoinette Donkers-Dekker, Keramik
Aleppo
Father and deceased son. Created based on truthful images about Aleppo. Nominated for the Van Lanschot Art Prize 2016, audience winner, first casting purchased by Van Lanschot. A father jumps out of a car and carries his seriously injured son to the hospital. The son is quickly placed on a stretcher. Although the doctor is immediately on the scene, the boy dies. The pain off the father is indescribable. I visualize this enormous tragedy, which unfortunately is a daily reality. I made this sculpture as a form of prayer for father and son.
Antoinette Donkers-Dekker, Kunstharz


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