Brigitte Wawoe (1939) was born in Heidelberg, Germany. She lived in Curaçao from 1967 to 1978. During that period, she learned to understand the island and developed a special relationship with it. After leaving for London in 1978, she returned to Curaçao regularly for exhibitions and to continue her work in the quarry of the Mijnmaatschappij Curaçao B.V.(Mining Company) at Nieuwpoort, where she creates her stone sculptures.
For the past two decades, Brigitte has been returning to Curaçao every year for a short period to sculpt and prepare for a subsequent exhibition. Although she is a sculptor, she is always interested in further developing herself and her talents. Over the years, she has mastered other techniques like painting and glass art. She is a versatile artist, using a wide range of techniques, materials, and forms and always looking out for other methods or different approaches. After so many years of experience, she may produce a bronze statuette as quickly as she creates concepts for larger projects to be executed outdoors.
Brigitte works intuitively, and form matters to her most. In her paintings, the composition of the different forms and color has to be balanced, whether animal figures or abstract. She allows the material to reveal its hidden form in her stone sculptures. Sometimes she can even leave the stone partly in its natural, rough shape or create a figure by adding iron parts. An example of this approach is the small statue of ‘The Pelican’. The stone is used for the body, while the iron additions form the head, and complete the bird.
Her style is more abstract, hinting at the form she sees and wants to bring out but never entirely does. In every piece, she challenges the viewer to look and find its essence.
Brigitte’s last exhibit in Curaçao, Le Carnaval des Animaux, was in March 2013 at Landhuis Bloemhof.
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