Alma di Naturalesa
Curaçao, April 24, 2014.
New exhibition in Landhuis Bloemhof is titled Alma di Naturalesa. Opening takes place on May 7, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. The art show features wood carvings by Wouter Ton and digital paintings by Babette de Waele.
Opening words by Michelle Da Costa Gomez.
Presentation by both artists on: Saturday, May 24, 2014. Starting at 10 a.m., in Landhuis Bloemhof.
Babette de Waele: “All these artworks are impressions of nature around me. Nature holds a wisdom, a sanctity and an eternity in itself. To be in nature is to be part of that. Calmness surrounds me, questions are silenced or answered. It relaxes, it inspires. We have to make sure nature stays untouched to save it for the next generations.”
Babette de Waele (1988) attended the Fontys School for Fine Arts in Tilburg, the Netherlands. She works with different techniques and styles. When painting, she prefers using acrylic paint. She also makes drawings on paper, uses mixed media techniques and creates digital artworks. She finds her inspiration in nature, animal welfare and human interactions. For this new exhibition she has been experimenting with modern digital possibilities to capture the essence of human interaction with nature, and record it in color and form.
Wouter Ton: “Wood is not only a medium to express my ideas but the wood is a substantial part of my work and I see it as my task to let the wood express itself in the best way possible.”
Wouter Ton (1957) started with woodcarving at the age of 10. He is self-taught and works mainly in a figurative idiom. His inspiration comes from nature’s elements and from people. Wouter Ton has lived in many parts of the world and has always made use of the wood he found in his surroundings. In Curaçao he uses local wood like Pal’i Indju, Palu di Mangel, Wabi, Kenepa, and Mahok. When working on a new piece he carefully finds his way, slowly uncovering the final form of the sculpture. Each piece of wood has its own tale to tell. Each piece also carries the history and soul of the tree, which becomes exposed during the process.
Exhibition closes on June 4, 2014.