Eja Siepman van den Berg, Between Abstract and Realism
The bronze and marmer sculptures by Eja Siepman van den Berg (1943) are both graceful and serene. Ever loyal to her love for the human body, she usually portrays woman or girls. Her sculptures are singularly stylized: each of them is sanded down and polished until the it shines and reflects the light in every part of its surface. Van den Berg was trained at the ‘Rijksacademie’ in Amsterdam, where she gained an excellent feel for the human anatomy. Sources of inspiration for Siepman van den Berg are the Greek kouroi as well as modern artists such as Brancusi. In 2017, the artist’s classical yet contemporary oeuvre received the ultimate compliment in the form of the prestigious Wilheminaring.