arthur van de velde
The sculptor faces a lot of problems within his artistic practice. Tools are expensive, studios are too
small, materials too heavy and often hard to find. Many times I find myself scouting around, on the
hunt for new Belgian Bluestone, standing dead oaks. Or anything that intrigues me. Sometimes these
quests go way further than my car would like to travel, To Italy, Carara to be exact. Capital of white
marble. I take pride in choosing my own marble at the source and I love driving around at the
quarries on the hunt for the perfect piece of marble. At this point my cars air suspension has been a
life saver. It doesn’t like it for sure, but it holds up.
That brings me to my current drive to make new pieces. Transportation. Why transport sculptures
if they can be the transport itself? So I started making and collecting trailers. At the moment I have
five of them. I was trying to find a balance between constructing these trailers, making them road
legal and safe, and the classic stone and woodcarving I love so much. That is how I started carving
out the canoe, a very good sculpture, if I may say so, but a not so great transportation device. So I
made a second boat, this time I already had the experience of making, using and eventually failing to
use the canoe. The second boat had to work, which it did. I even used it to transport a piece of marble.
What’s next? Neither do I know. Maybe it’s time for some reflection in my work, I keep on making and
making. My studio is overflowing with fragments of sculptures. I think right now is an appropriate
time to look back. That is why I made the moon… again. I’m not sure if I can call my work an oeuvre
yet, but I am definitely building one.
Maybe it's finished
Wintersalon /De Bijl, Zoersel
To be Antwerp /Vroeyr, Antwerp