Dutch sculptress Henny van der Meer studied at the Utrecht School of Arts. She creates these amazing pieces with steel thin strips welded together to create a solid steel mold. Her early interest in gardening and the growth process in nature is clearly reflected in her work. In her profile she writes this about her work:
“Joining and branching out a major theme, as the seed takes root and then grow into a trunk, which branches again. It makes clear that one can not occur without the other. Seeded no roots, no roots, no trunk and branches. I translate therefore growth processes in connections between the different parts of a tree. Between what was, is and will. Another factor is the interaction between natural growth and the effect thereof a role by man.”
“Under my hands growing so step by step from small pieces of steel an image that gradually branched. I bow and press it into molds, let ramifications proliferate until compacted tissues. Then I prune where necessary, the image back. The image can not be given small, but growing through again. Like the vigor of nature.”
Images: Courtesy of Henny van der Meer.