Sipkes, Evelien

Sipkes, Evelien


The art pieces by Evelien Sipkes are characterized by ingenious and original concepts, an incredible fine finish of surface and a precize attention to detail. A fine example is her installation Live To Be Born, presented at the grand exhibition Antepasado di Futuro in 2010 at the Curaçao Museum. An apparently simple concept executed with dedication and an incredible finesse ravishes the viewer. The many, ultra thin slices, fastened to slender hemp ropes stretched from cieling to floor, exude an overall delicate appearence. The ceramic ‘bowl’ in the middle is made of the same type of slices, but larger, carefully placed on top of each other to form the belly of the bowl. Evelien’s playful use of light, texture and composition in this installation attracts the eye and plays with the mind.

‘This installation refers to 10-10-10, the date on which Curaçao became an autonomous country’, Evelien explains. ‘It consists of eighteen hemp ropes with thin oval ceramic slices in various colors dangling from the ropes. The different colors of clay symbolize the skin colors of the people of Curaçao. This mix makes a lovely palette, more beautiful than just one color. The larger piece in the center is the uterus, symbolizing Curaçao.’

Evelien Sipkes (1955) was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She lived in Curaçao as a young girl, from 1963 till 1973. From 1991 till 1995 she attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Utrecht: Hoge School voor de Kunsten. She returned to Curaçao in 1996. Between 1999 and 2008 she attended several workshops and classes for clay, porcelain and bronze.

Evelien is inspired by nature and the beauty of all the different parts and materials that together create its splendour. In nature she discovers qualities like strength, love, humor, spirituality and adaptability. Her collections evolve around a certain theme. For her series ‘Respect for Nature’ she designed pieces that could be worn as jewelry and also be displayed as objects. For instance, as shown below, a porcelain necklace on a base, which resembles a coral structure. The idea for this series was that people must realize that we can borrow something from nature but must put it back afterwards. ‘Use nature’ Evelien says, ‘Don’t misuse it’.

 In April 2013 Evelien wins a virtual competition ‘Black & White. Opposites Attract’ by Beautiful People Live Art. She is awarded a beautiful virtual catalog titled Endless. It contains stunning illustrations and comprehensive information about the artist and her art. To view the catalog, click here.



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2013: Article by Patricia Borns in 'The Boston Globe', Artists are reinventing Caribbean Jewelry.

2012: 'The Jewelry Loup' by Cathleen Mc Carthy: Top 10 jewelry designers on the Loupe in 2012.

2012: Article by Jeff Greenwald in the 'San Francisco Chronical', Curaçao: where art imitates ocean life.

2012: '1000 awesome things about Curaçao' by Carolina Gomes-Casseres: All-Natural Local Artist Evelien Sipkes.


Solo exhibitions
2012 Art and Wine, Kunstkwartier, Curaçao.

2011 Open Atelierroute 2011, own studio, Curaçao.

2011 Contemporary contrasts, Mon Art Gallery, Curaçao.

2010 Bones and Basics, Bling Bling Blend, Pennings Inside, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

2008 Isn't a teapot, Mon Art Gallery, Curaçao.

2008 Golden Touch, teaservice for Angelica’s Delights, Curaçao.

2007 Perpetual Motion, Mon Art Gallery, Curaçao.

2004 Natureluurs, Galerie Lous Martin, Delft, The Netherlands.

2004 Jewelless jewelry, Landhuis Bloemhof, Curaçao.

Group Exhibitions

2013 Tropical Kingdom, Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle, the Netherlands.

2013 Franje van Oranje, Landhuis Bloemhof, Curaçao.

2012 A breast or two, Mon Art Gallery, Curaçao.

2012 Door het oog van Egberdien, Landhuis Bloemhof, Curaçao.

2012 Big Fish, Small Pot, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA, USA.

2012 Dugudugu, be mine!, Landhuis Bloemhof, Curaçao

2011 Bejeweled, Mon Art Gallery, Curaçao

2011 Dutch Design Week, Gallery Cecile van Eeden, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

2011 Maskara, Landhuis Bloemhof, Curaçao

2010 Antepasado di Futuro (Ancestors of the Future), The Curaçao Museum, Curaçao

2010 Kus, Gallery Lous Martin, Delft, The Netherlands.

2010 Bijoux Sauvages, Wesel Art Gallery, Brussels, Belgium.

2009 Breijer Collection, additions for Secrets Within, Mon Art Gallery, Curaçao.

2009 Porcelain shells and shapes, additions for Biosphere, Mon Art Gallery, Curaçao

2009 Caribbean Crossroads, Mon Art Gallery, Curaçao.

2008 End of the year exhibition, Mon Art Gallery, Curaçao.

2008 Artists from Curaçao, The Curaçao Museum, Curaçao.

2007 Breast Cancer Awareness, Gallery Alma Blou, Curaçao.

2007 Gifts and Crafts show, W.T.C., Curaçao.

2007 Open Monumenten Dag, Curaçao.

2007 It’s all about women, Gallery Alma Blou, Curaçao.

2007 Snoa 275, 275 anniversary of the synogogue, Villa Maria, Curaçao.

2007 SOFA Artfair (Sculptural Objects and Functional Art), Chicago, USA.

2007 SOFA Artfair (Sculptural Objects and Functional Art), New York, USA.

2007 Perpetual Motion, Mon Art Gallery, Curaçao.

2006 Jewelry for Tania Kross, The Netherlands.

2006 SOFA Artfair (Sculptural Objects and Functional Art), New York, USA.

2006 Window Exhibition, Riffort Gallery, Curaçao.

2006 Under Construction, Mon Art Gallery, Curaçao.

2006 Celebration, Landhuis Bloemhof, Curaçao.

2006 Open Atelier, Studio Girouette, Curaçao.

2006 Open Atelier, own studio, Curaçao.

2005 De Koninklijke Hoed: Steengoed!, Studio Girouette, Curaçao.

2005 Koninginnedinge, own studio, Curaçao.

2005 Lieve Koningin, hierbij schenk ik u…, Landhuis Bloemhof, Curaçao.

2005 Cryptoraño, The Riffort, Curaçao.

2005 Nos Arte, The Curaçao Museum, Curaçao.

2005 SOFA Artfair (Sculptural Objects and Functional Art), New York, USA.

2005 Ladekast project, Galerie Phoebus, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

2004 Houdt van Sieraden, Galerie Lous Martin, Delft, The Netherlands.

2003 Bijzondere publicaties, The Riffort, Curaçao.

2003 Access Art Gallery, Aruba.

2002 Art Festival, Jan Kock, Curaçao.

2001 I came by boat. Dock of the Maritime Museum, Curaçao.

2001 De Nieuwe Ambtsketen, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

1998 Galerie Cebra, Düsseldorf, Germany.

1997 Galerie Art Box, Waregem, Belgium.

1997 Water, Galerie Guthschmidt, The Hague, The Netherlands.

1997 Galerie de Muzeval, Emmen, The Netherlands.

1997 Art in Case, Galerie Art & Casy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

1996 Galerie in de Praktijk, Zeist, The Netherlands.

1996 Structuur, Galerie Lous Martin, Delft, The Netherlands.

1996 Een Voorproefje, Galerie Lous Martin, Delft, The Netherlands.

1995 Galerie Hers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

1995 I see angels in the architecture, Galerie Ademloos, The Hague, The Netherlands.

1995 Nieuwe Oogst, Galerie Amarna, Maastricht, The Netherlands.

1995 Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

1994 Galerie Fusion, Darmstadt, Germany.

1994 Meedragen, Galerie Ademloos, The Hague, The Netherlands.

Work in private collections
Foundation Stichting Textiel Plus, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Collection: Threes Moolhuysen-Coenders, Schiedam, The Netherlands.
Collection: Access Art Gallery, Aruba.


Other activities
2003 - present: Teaches workshops and classes in her own studio, Curaçao.

2008: Workshops at Landhuis Habaai, Curaçao.

2005: Design of Jewelry for Dutch Mezzo soprano Tania Kross (Curaçao,1976), Curaçao.

2001 - 2003: Workshops at Landhuis Bloemhof, Curaçao.

1996 - 2005: Courses for art teachers, Curaçao.


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McCarthy, C. (December 11, 2012). Top 10 jewelry designers on the Loupe in 2012, The Jewelry Loupe.

Meedragen (1994). Publication of Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Utrecht. The Netherlands.

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