Catharina van de Ven

Catharina van de Ven: “As an artist I highly admire the classic visual language of the early sculptors. I am fascinated by their artisan idiom and behold the quality of their heritage with great respect. This fascination, and the classic sculpting education I enjoyed in Belgium and Florence, make that the artisan craft is always visible in my work and remains the foundation of all that I create”. 

Catharina received her sculpting degree with high honors from the Academy for Fine Arts in Belgium. She continued her education with a Master-apprenticeship of Eja Siepman van den Berg. Catharina’s classical sculpture background is evident. Though today her works carry more abstract forms, the classical elements and studies frequently inspire her new works. Trained as a sculptor, her work focuses on physicality. In the color, shape, technique, process, the material informs her work.

Working with a feminist approach, much of her work speaks to her personal experiences as a woman. Having grown up on a farm in a small hamlet, the artist learned from her creative and inventive father. As many girls during her time, she worked as a nurse. It wasn’t until many years later that she was able to do what she truly wanted: study at the fashion academy and later pursue becoming a sculptor. Today, Catharina fearlessly projects her female identity, using tactile shapes, bright colors, and commonly masculine forms. As both a mother and grandmother, the artist feels open to address topics like sex, drugs, power, or wealth. Catharina confronts each viewer. She aims to present a mirror within her work, so each viewer looks back at their own reflection and desires.

Her projects often choose her by subjects that appear in her daily life. The idea for her series of works on lust was found in her trip to Miami, noticing a confrontation with lust with each day of her visit. She then aimed to explore how lust confronts each person, what lust means to individuals – thus creating her series Luxuria of ecstasy pills, domes, and vibrant tapestries. By using the recurring image of the dome the female is always at the center of her work in both material, concept and form.

Georgia Mowry | Art Historian

Résumé

2019
Art Miami
Priveekollektie Contemporary Art | Design
Booth AM213

2019
Group Exhibition
Priveekollektie Contemporary Art | Design
The Netherlands, Heusden aan de Maas

Work on leaflet: Zahara Collar by Salustiano

2019
PAD Monaco
Priveekollektie Contemporary Art | Design
Booth 20

2019
PAD Genève
Priveekollektie Contemporary Art | Design
Booth 07

2018
Art Miami
Priveekollektie Contemporary Art | Design
Booth 213

2018
Group Exhibition: Spectrum of Time
Priveekollektie Contemporary Art | Design
The Netherlands, Heusden aan de Maas

2018
Group Exhibition: Spring Opening
Priveekollektie Contemporary Art | Design
The Netherlands, Heusden aan de Maas

2018
PAD Geneve
Priveekollektie Contemporary Art | Design
Booth A9

Photo by Ian Scigliuzzi

2018
Nomad, St. Moritz
Priveekollektie Contemporary Art | Design
Booth A9 | Kitchen Space