ABOUT THE ARTIST
The energy and the passion of women from many different cultures worldwide are the main sources of inspiration for Petra de Vree. For more than 15 years she lived abroad on four different continents. These experiences are of undeniable influence on her development as a European artist. The unique blend of cultural impressions is the base of her work. Petra de Vree: “The life of women in the countries I lived touches my own being as a woman. As an artist I use this in the sculptures. Each image includes a piece of their world and a piece of myself. Through my hands, eyes and fingers I strive to a perfection in aesthetic forms and natural lines, in order to give each personality her own unique look.”
In their ultimate femininity and in their great diversity her sculptures show vigorous pride and positive confidence. They are dignified and to be respected. Petra’s motive is to display a universal strength of women around the world, with a lot of creativity, beauty and color. Someone compared them with a kind of goddesses or ‘example women’. Well, maybe they are. Petra finds it the best compliment when people get strength and inspiration from her sculptures.
The artist feels very connected with clay as medium. She loves to play with it in order to discover new possibilities. Driven by her own curiosity about who the woman will become, she can hardly stop working.
“It is a wonderful experience when a sculpture comes glazed out of the kiln. I can get surprised by the interesting mix of colors and at the same time the recognition of the image. A kind of deja-vu, as if they have always existed and are simply supposed to be there. The women have become who they actually are, to never leave again.”
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A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.