Marieke Bolhuis – Sisters/ Grosse Geister II (2021)
For GODHEAD,Marieke Bolhuis (b. Hilversum, 1962, lives in Amsterdam) showed Sisters/Grosse Geister II, three monumental sculptures of female figures which, although they have no arms, look tough and proud. They stand a little wide-legged, with straight backs and feet firmly on the ground. Female power. No one would mess with them. On the other hand, they also reveal themselves to be vulnerable, almost shy. A face with an inward gaze.
For a decade now, the human figure has played a key role in Bolhuis’s sculptural work. After years of exploration, in photographs and installations, of places that have played an important role in the history of the earth and humankind, she could no longer ignore ‘the human’ as a physical figure. Driven by her travels around the world, she wants to depict the human condition in her sculpture. Bolhuis takes herself and her own experiences as her starting point. Her working process is intuitive and is a continuous interaction between looking, thinking and making. With her sculptures, she wants to depict the ever-evolving connection between the human physical condition, psyche, histories and future prospects.
Bolhuis uses materials that have been important in the ancient and recent history of humankind. Dissecting that history yields materials such as clay, glass, bitumen, plaster, iron, as well as polyurethane foam, aluminium and textiles.