Sculpture

2022 , Hand, Pu foam wood plastic glove, 160x65x45cm 2022

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The sculpture series began in 2012, from a need to relate to people. After years of investigations, wanderings into the origins of landscape and civilization, in photographs and installations, I could no longer avoid the human being.
My own physical state, psyche and history became the starting point. Every sculpture I make is something I can therefore change – as I in fact do myself.
The materials I prefer to use had and have a role in the old and the new history of mankind. The dissection of that history reveals them: clay, glass, bitumen, plaster, metals, mirror aluminium, textile, acrylic.
Recently, these were joined by silk, given to me by the sisters during my residency at the textiles workshop of Our Beloved Lady Abbey in Oosterhout. The silk brought a refinement, softness, and above all colour to the raw skin of the sculptures. Silk is not just a beautiful material, but also has an extensive history of culture and trade. I am aware of this every time I use it. As I discovered while working with it, the choice goes beyond the intrinsic quality of the material.

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and the girl, mixed material, 140x55x60cm, 2022

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Snow White and it Seven Girlfriends, porcelain pu foam iron polyurea paint, 250x120x70cm, 2022

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Grosse Geister (Female) and the girl, 90x110x250cm, 2022

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Sisters, Artzuid, 2021

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In the summer of 2020, when you could still just drop in on each other, Cintha van Heeswijck, director of ArtZuid, came to my studio and invited me to make work for ArtZuid for two locations. I loved it, a challenge, a new material and new size! They became the Sisters.
The Sisters stands for inclusion and diversity, but above all for the female power to embrace and empower. They are the new women, Strong and Sensitive. If you see them; Go for a hug and dance!
In preparation for the Sisters is a series of porcelain sculptures, titled NOW!, about 52 cm. high. In this series, I investigate the shapes and proportions of the figures to each other, and the colour.

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Sisters/ Grosse Geister, iron polyurea pu foam DD paint, studioview, h. 2.5m, 2021/2022

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Big Sister,  pu foam iron polyurea DD paint, 240x50x100cm, Artzuid 2021

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I see you V, stoneware textile iron, 120x80x175cm, 2021

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I see you III, stoneware textile iron, 50x45x180cm, 2021

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I see you II, stoneware textile iron, 70x40x170 cm, 2021

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The Entry, [a parade in after Covid time], detail porcelain pigment black stoneware, 25x31x58cm, 2021

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The Entry, detail  porcelain stoneware engobe glaze,  h 58cm 2021

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Walk with you, I, II, III  porcelain stoneware engobe glaze,  h 52cm 2021

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Walk with you, III  porcelain stoneware engobe,  h 52cm 2021

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Sisters, series porcelain engobe, pigment glaze epoxy clay, 2020/21

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About the AiR text Nico Thone
Sundaymorning@ekwc is an international artist-in-residence and centre-of-excellence for ceramics. Bolhuis worked there from sep-dec 2020
Sticky flies is what Marieke Bolhuis (NL) calls her test Angels and Icarus’s. She extensively experimented with these molded figures. Glory and failure were never as close. The next moulds she made became a family group of 72 members; series Sisters and Models Moulds. She started with one clay figure, casted, added an extra layer of clay, casted and so on for the third time. They all originated from the same ‘Mother’. The keywork, I see you, became the series of modular psychological portraits of contemporary man. Busts and heads can be combined showing layers and meaningof the now and present.

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Series Sisters, porcelain pigment, h 52cm, 2020/21

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Studioview EKWC, background I see You, Foreground Sticky flies,  h.20cm 38 parts can be installed in different ways, stoneware porcelain bone china engobe  glaze, 2020

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Detail Sticky flies

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Model moulds, porcelain plaster moulds ties, installation view, Sundaymorning@EKWC, Oisterwijk, NL 2021

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Studio visit, detail, modular stoneware engobe, 165x53x62cm, 2021

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I see you, a buste and head, modular stoneware engobe, 37x23x85cm, 2021

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I see you, modular Ceramic work, heads and buste can be combined, stoneware engobe,
sundaymorning@EKWC, NL 2021

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Loaded … We carry,  stoneware engobe glaze, h 55cm 2021

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Just as Big I, porcelain stoneware engobe, 32x22x64cm,  2021

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Sisters series, porcelain bone china stoneware engobe epoxy clay, h 48cm, 2021 

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Series Sisters, porcelain pigment h 52cm, 2020

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NOW! no 11, series of porcelain sculptures, porcelain pigment 11x21x52cm, 2020

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Series NOW!, porcelain pigment, height 52cm, 2020

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NOW! no.10, porcelain pigment 11x21x52cm, 2020

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When, 170x98x88cm, 2020

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Our boat, we’re in, together, installation, 130x98x88cm, 2020

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My father, my sister, print on alu dibond sailors trunk coat, 200x120x60 cm, 2020

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NOW! no7, Stoneware, China, Silk, H 50 cm, 2020

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NOW! no 3, Stoneware, porcelain, iron, brass, silk, H 50 cm 2020

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NOW! no1, 40x40x95cm Flax, bone china, wood, 2020

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PH 10, porcelain stoneware textile, 12x8x65cm, 2020

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Phalarina’s, installation, height: 60cm, stoneware textile, 2020

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PH. 5, Stoneware, textile, 2020

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studioview: Icarus flip B. II, 2020

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Idol MB, M2, studioview 2019

Idol M 2, 2019

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Icarus flip Bacchus, 150x125x135cm, mirror, Led and more, 2016-2019
In the background: Not Bambi, It’s about balance, Stadsfestival Damme BE 2019

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PH. no 7,  110x20x15cm, 2019

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Extended Studio, Day 7, Art Chapel 2019 overview

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Ho Horse III, 2019

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Idol MB, 2019

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Idol W., 2019

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Ho Horse II, 2019

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Idol F., 2019

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Mme Y.K. [maillot en pente], 2019

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Idol M, 2018

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Ho Rietveld!, 130x86x130 cm, 2018

Daughter of Bosch, 2018

Not Leda, 2018

Idol Rietveld CE, 2018

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S., 2018

and the Girl, 2018

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Not Bambi, It’s about balance, 2018

Idol G10, 2018

Atlas was a woman and the world square, 135x100x100cm, 2018

SAD, 2018

Idol C., 2018

Idol G5 , 2018

Idol CH, 135x95x110cm, 2018

Feet study, 2018

Antipode, 180x60x40cm, 2018

Idol BW, 68x27x30cm, brons silk 2018

https://www.facebook.com/marieke.bolhuis.31/videos/1674788775923194/

Just a Day, 2012-2018

Idol BdB., 2012-2017

Idol PP, 2012-17

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Idol J., 67x24x20 cm, 2012-2017

Idol M., 40x50x15 cm, 2014-2017

Idol L., 64x43x20 cm, 2012-2017

Icarus III, 90x130x85cm, 2014-17

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Idol from U to U, 2012-19

POP, 130x80x50 cm, 2017 

POP, 130x80x50 cm, 2017

Idol F., 130x80x50 cm, 2017

Idol N., 62x27x18 cm, bronze,polished face green and black patina, 2017

From the broken safety series: two thousand one space odyssey, 100x150x16cm, solar panel, led light safety glass, 2017

Inner, 2017

Bacchus, 90x82x115cm, mixed media, 2014-16

Broken Safety, broken glass of bus shelters LED, 2016

Installatie Broken Safety, 2016

Odyssee, 2015

Dimmable Man, 2015

Broken 1, 2015-2016

Broken 2, 2015-2016

Broken 3, 2015-2016

Broken 4, 2015-2016

Broken 5, 2015-2016

Sur la place, 2015

Idol S, 2015

Idol L. and E., 2015

Detail Idol L, 205x100x45cm, 2015

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Idol P. ,205x100x45cm, 2015

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Little Red Riding Hood, a sculpture wandering in the woods,  180x60x40xcm 2015.

Little Red riding Hood, 180x60x40xcm, 2015 

The three graces, 2015 

Hands, 140x60x20cm, mixed media, 2014

Indian, 45x50x12cm, mixed media, 2014

SNWT nr 9, 55x45x30cm, reinforced plaster fiber, 2014

Searching for Icons

The sculpture series 7 Lovers is based on Snow White.
was supported by the AFK , Amsterdam Fund for the Arts

The story of Snow White is about all form of relationships. By making a series of Snow White, I explored all possible combination can be explored. The figure of Snow White is raw, unfinished, without much detail. She can be you. She is pure, sensitive but without any help of her friends she is nowhere. Her 7 friends rescue her time after time; give her a home and work. For short; we need each other, even Snow White can’t handle it all on her own.

Snow White nr 8, 205x100x100cm, mixed media, 2013

Snow White nr 7, 180x55x45cm, plaster polystyrene foam bitumen, 2013

Snow White nr 4,  180x100x100cm , glass  reinforced plaster, 2013

Snow White nr 3/ Idol S., 60x20x12cm, plaster, epoxy, 2013-18

Sisters, Bronze and the original plaster fiber silk, 2013-18

Snow white nr 2, 60x20x12cm, plaster, epoxy, 2013

A day at the races, intallation, 2012

1962, 60x25x34cm , 2012

Death and the Maiden, 65x29x14cm, plaster styrofoam lurex silk, 2012-18

Princess, cement silk can, 2012-18

Terra Cotta Warrior,  55x23x10cm cement straw textile, 2012-18

You and you, 140x75x10cm, plaster straw epoxy clay tiles, 2012-14