Maaike van de Gevel

"Sculpting brings me closer to who I am"
I have been doing research into the Breath since 2015. The series of works, in various materials, including mixed media, textiles, bronze, clay and porcelain, is biographical in character and deals with the important role of inhalation and exhalation in life. In search of breathing space, I am currently modeling wall sculptures in porcelain: breath clouds, lung shapes and sketches from my diary.
What fascinates me about air and breath is that air connects all organisms on earth: every bird, every tree, every human being. The air you exhale is inhaled by another organism in your environment. By breathing consciously you make a connection with yourself and, whether you want to or not, you connect with the other.
For humans, in their search for breathing space, respectful contact between themselves and the earth is essential. I invite the viewer to reflect on the quality of life and to take some breathing space when looking at my works.

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Vita
2001 Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam. Sculpture, Cultural and Artistic Education.

1996 Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Teacher Training Arts and Crafts. Specializations: Ceramics, Modelling, Audiovisual design.

1992 Base year Art History, University of Amsterdam.

1991 Foundation course Creative Therapy, Nijmegen.
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Exhibitions
2021
september participant of the AARDig exhibition by Stichting KunstWerkt. Schiedam.

August Expo50 – open atelier. Solo exhibition in my studio at De Beeldhouwwinkel, Den Haag.

June participant of the #artistsupportpledge exhibition in De Balie, Amsterdam.
An initiative of TINKEBELL and This Works club. Inspired by Matthew Burrow Studio.

June 2021 Galerie Kunstlokaal, Kerkrade. New works from the series “my Diary”. Permanent exhibition of works in porcelain.
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Publications
April 2021 “Porcelain medals by Maaike van de Gevel” appeared in the Spring issue of The Medal, the periodical of BAMS, the British Art Medal Society.
BAMS is based at The British Museum, Department of Coins and Medals, London.
The article was written by Arnold Nieuwendam.
Adem me / Breathe me
The medal sculptures I made in 2019/2020 within the theme of Breath are made of porcelain. They are all unique and signed. Most medals are made of just porcelain, only a single medal has a lick of glaze. This is done to keep the experience of the material as pure as possible when you hold it in your hands. Occasionally I use grains of rice in the porcelain to make transparency and fragility visible. The works are fired at 1260° C. Viewing a medal sculpture is an intimate process, an experience actually. You take it in the palm of your hand, you can feel the shapes with a single finger and you can view the work very closely and from both sides. You can wrap it with both hands. Making contact with it like this, each medal tells its own story; the artist’s story mixes with what the viewer experiences. While the viewer is looking at and touching the medal, it gradually takes on the temperature of his/her hands.
Maaike van de Gevel, Ceramics, Ceramics
Guide me (2)
This porcelain wall sculpture 'Guide me' consists of two parts.
Maaike van de Gevel, Ceramics, Clay
Als je je ademen
Als je je ademen met ontvouwen voluit kon horen en dat dat genoeg voor je was Poem: P. Veenstra Porcelain wall-sculpture
Maaike van de Gevel, Ceramics, Clay
Sunday
This porcelain wall sculpture is part of the breath series.
Maaike van de Gevel, Ceramics, Ceramics
Breath cloud over the landscape (VI)
This wall-sculpture is part of the Breath series. Porcelain, rice, rutile
Maaike van de Gevel, Ceramics, Ceramics
Tuesday
This porcelain wall-sculpture is part of the Breath series. Porcelain and a little glaze.
Maaike van de Gevel, Ceramics, Ceramics


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