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Cecil Kemperink

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    Work introduction

    Artistic statement Cecil Kemperink
    In the soul work of Cecil Kemperink, visual artist and explorer, she challenges you to expand
    and enrich your senses. With a multi-faceted background in dance and fashion, her sculptures
    show the connection between her various passions. She investigates ‘space’ and plays with
    rhythm, form, movement and energy.
    Ceramics in motion
    ‘Motion is a key part of the expressiveness of my sculptures. The movements show the
    importance of each circle of the object. Every ring is essential and influences the other; they
    are all connected, they are all one. Every link wears the symbolism of a circle: connected,
    power, endlessness, an always ongoing movement.
    Working with utmost attention in an instinctive, labour-intensive way with the earthly clay, I
    embrace time, rhythm, colour and shape.
    Listen, see, feel and experience what happens when the sculptures move and enjoy the
    About the techniques: I compose the clay with variation and gradation in structure, texture
    and color. Starting with the extruder, continuing by hand. I use the kiln many times to fire in
    the meantime. The work is too delicate to make in one piece. Each work has been in the kiln
    at least 4 times. Some works 15 times. The last firing at the final temperature. Because of the
    many times in the kiln (and the drying), I am working on one piece for a long time.
    Cecil Kemperink

    Artist Biography

    Cecil Kemperink was born in The Netherlands (Almelo, 1963).
    As a curious and sensitive child/teenager she followed many art and dance classes.
    After one year at the fashion academy, she switched to visual arts, where the love to explore
    different materials was encouraged. After her graduation she started with wheel throwing;
    the beginning of a deep understanding and eagerness to ‘talk’ with clay. Try to understand,
    investigate and explore. From the wheel, the circles grow from small decorations to huge
    installations and autonomous abstract objects.
    Her sculptures are clear connections between her varied passions: textile, clay, dance, fashion
    and sculpture. She explores space and plays with rhythm, shape/form, movement, energy and
    sound. Listen, see, feel and experience what happens when the sculptures move and enjoy
    the moment.
    Her professional practice has taken her to exhibitions, performances and catwalk shows.
    Kemperink has exhibited in South Korea (ROK) - Mino Japan (J) - Vallauris (F) – Milan (I) -
    Mondovì (I) and many other museums and galleries.
    Cecil Kemperink’s work can be found in the collections of: Korea Ceramic Foundation (KOCEF
    collection), Museo della ceramica Mondovi (I), Ceramics museum De Tiendschuur, CODA
    museum (NL), The Foundation for Contemporary Ceramic Arts Kecskemét (HU) and private
    Cecil’s work is telling you a story. Look, listen, feel, touch and be intrigued!
    Kemperink works en lives on the island of Texel NL where she continues to challenges you
    (and herself) to expand and enrich our senses.
    Cecil Kemperink 2020 The Netherlands