Margarita van der Velden
My background and artistic vision
I was born in Buenos Aires in 1956, but have lived in the The Netherlands for a long time now. After completing my education at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (1980-1984) I founded my own graphic design studio under the name of VeldWerk in 1985. In the year 2007, I ended my career as graphic designer and became a full-time sculptor.
From an early age, I have been curious as why things are the way they are. My quest for answers has led me down a path of spirituality. Along the way, it became clear to me that I was looking for answers to questions regarding not only the world around me, but my own existence as well. Through different spiritual philosophies, amongst which Buddhism, I came into contact with Shamanism. From the ancient knowledge and traditions of shamans I have learned and experienced first hand that my view of the world is influenced by events from the past and convictions acquired along the way. By letting go of the past and these convictions, the realization dawned on me that my view of the world is a reflection of my own inner reality.
Through my art, I hope to let others experience my inner reality by allowing them to view the world through my eyes. By shaping my thoughts in clay and colorful glazes, in a light and humorous way, I try to let the viewer see the intrinsic beauty of life. In exchange for their attention, I hope my sculptures will bring the viewer love and joy.
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