About the artist - en Welcome to the International Art Exhibition Working theme 2022: Light, transparent, reflection, colour Friday 24th June - Sunday 25th Sep. 2022; Fri., Sat., Sun. & Public holidays 13:00 - 20:00
Search for a balance between the transparency and massiveness of materials with being 'carried'
My artworks combine glass, bronze and stone. I play with the form of expression of each material and I seek to balance the transparency and massiveness of materials and being 'carried'.
But glass can also have a massive appearance and bronze can look light and transparent. The search for an expression of these emotional experiences and the use of the different materials fascinate me endlessly.
In recent years, Edith Stoel works together with her partner Peter Olijve. Their ideas complement each other. For Edith, the idea starts with a form. Peter, with his technical knowledge and skill, examines whether it is technically feasible and how to achieve it. Sometimes they adapt the idea, but mostly the sculptures balance on the edge of what is technically feasible in order to give expression to Edith's original idea without making compromises.
The bronze sculptures of Edith Stoel are mostly animals. The perfect anatomical form is not what she strives for. She is looking for what she considers to be the prototype of the animal species: the strength, the resignation, the introspection, ... During the creative process, the character of the animal often unfolds, which she then reinforces. The form of expression is therefore not smooth or unambiguous, her animals are fragments of thoughts about their being.