Wk 12 – Artist Interview – Piet Eppinga

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    I had the good fortune to walk into the Werby gallery when Mr. Eppinga was already talking with a few students. Right away, I could get a sense that the statues in his exhibition had to deal with sexuality and fertility. According to his artist statement, his work with clay is a means to connect with the people of the past who also worked with clay. His pieces are about people and their emotional connections, both up and down.
    Many of the works in his exhibition have multicultural influences; including Japanese, African, and European. Piet stated that he got some backlash for including so many different styles into his work, but he feels that we all live in a multicultural society so it is only right to include so many cultures into his work.
    Mr. Eppinga stated that when he starts he has a single piece of clay and a general idea and goes off of that. The idea develops over time and could take several months before he reaches the final interpretation. Though he says it will always be an ongoing process of interpretation.

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