When your imagination is as lively as that of Dutch sculptor Maria Roosen (1957–), virtually anything seems possible. Transforming a material to look like something completely different is her specialty, and when she uses hard materials to create rounded, soft shapes, it can be difficult to determine exactly what you are looking.
Energy in solid form
Roosen is a sculptor, but she does not create angular shapes or large metal figures. Instead, she explores the limitations and possibilities of otherwise hard, unmalleable materials, shaping them into soft, round, and voluptuous figures that rarely look as if they were made from materials like glass and ceramics. Her interest in glassblowing was originally prompted by a wish to evoke the fluid effect of watercolour painting in the medium of glass. This grew into the art form that Roosen herself calls ‘energy in solid form’, now a fundamental part of her art.
Glass in unpredictable shapes
Roosen’s works reach far beyond reflecting watercolours – a far more central part of the artist’s imagery is preoccupied with humanity and life itself, the shapes and organs of the human body, all made out of solid glass. The bulging shapes and delicate colours create motifs that are provocative, inspiring, at times bordering on the vulgar, but impossible to ignore. Roosen’s talent for glassblowing has paved the way for several magnificent works of art and, due to the at times unpredictable ways of molten glass, what may initially seem to be mistakes are also an important part of Roosen’s vibrant works of art.