Sure with colourful cushions and cord, draped in chains of spheres, or sprouting a single leaf from their head, the characters that originate in Frode Bolhuis’s Almere studio embody the Dutch artist’s playful creativeness and want for experimentation. A part of an ongoing sculpture mission, the expressive solid is at present comprised of 117 miniature figures made primarily of polymer clay with wooden, fiber, and metallic additions, every of which has a particular character.
Bolhuis (beforehand) started the mission with the intention of making a brand new work every day, though he shares that to be able to refine the characters’ options and vogue their clothes, he’s extra prone to full two per week. Whereas a lot of his course of stays the identical as when he started the mission in February 2022, the artist is at present branching into textile design in collaboration with the studio Byborre and a loom in his studio. He shares concerning the evolution of the gathering:
I don’t know in the event that they get higher however they frequently discover new varieties, varieties I didn’t know of earlier than I began. It’s like I’m attending to know myself by the sculptures. It’s a beautiful paradox that the set type, measurement, and self-discipline give a lot freedom. It actually feels as if I can proceed this eternally and frequently develop. It’s magic.
Should you’re in Philadelphia, you’ll be able to see just a few of the artist’s works later this 12 months as a part of Hello-Fructose’s group exhibition at Arch Enemy Arts. In any other case, discover extra of the whimsical personas on Instagram.
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