"I have always felt passionate about the age-old vocabulary of sculpture. But the true essence of my work lies in it's abstract qualities, in a well-considered and subdued idiom." (Eja Siepman van den Berg)
Dutch sculptor Eja Siepman van den Berg (Eindhoven, 1943) developed her distinctive visual program during the early 1970s. Her representations of the (female) human body in bronze and stone witness her interest in a harmonious figuration ánd the principles of abstraction.
This, in a nutshell, defines Eja Siepman van den Berg's sculpture: in its figurative appearance, it also deals with fundamental questions of sculpture, with matters of proportion, balance, symmetrie, and the intrinsic quality of materials. It also explains her broad interest: in early Greek Kouroi, the subdued male statuary from 600 B.C., ánd in twentieth-century sculptors as Consantin Brancusi and American Minimalist Donald Judd.
Eja Siepman van den Berg seeks for a clarity in form, omitting the mere decorative and superfluos.
What remains, is sculpture devoid of 'meaning' in the traditional sense of the word. Her sculpture is free of anecdotes and personal histories, and cautiously refrains from the highly-individual. Instead, her torso's and head- and armless figures convey a universal an timeless beauty. Beauty in standstill: a well-considered and reasoned "figurative abstraction".
Eja Siepman van den Berg was educated at the Amsterdam Rijkscademie (1962-1967), and was awarded the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1967. In 1978, she was the first awardee of the Charlotte van Pallandt Prize, named after the most eminent Dutch sculptress of the twentieth century, Charlotte van Pallandt. Beeldengalerij Het Depot (Sculpture Gallery Het Depot) in Wageningen offers a permanent presentation of over 36 sculptures by Eja Siepman van den Berg.
Eja Siepman van den Berg is also laureate of the 2017 Wilhelmina Ring, a biennial award celebrating prominent representatives of Dutch sculpture. Part of the Wilhelmina Ring-prize, is an retrospective exhibition at the Museum CODA, Apeldoorn, and a commissioned sculpture for the same city. Other works by Eja Siepman van den Berg for public space can be found in the Netherlands' major cities, such as Amsterdam, The Hague, Leeuwarden, Utrecht and Leiden, among others.
The year 2018 will also see a bi-lingual (English-German) monographic book on Siepman van den Berg, published at renowned German publishing house Kerber Verlag. For more information, see also the 'News' page of this website.