Week 12: Artist Interview

Piet Eppinga


Piet Eppinga’s exhibition, titled It’s About People, explores people’s roles in various relationships. The way Piet showed off his pieces was quite different from all of the other artists I’ve talked with throughout the year. The artists tended to sit out front and answered questions that anyone had. Piet on the other hand took a more active approach. He gave all of the students in the werby gallery a tour of his pieces. I really liked this method as I got to hear directly from the artist his explination of each piece and would answer questions right there. It was a much more egaging and enjoyable experience.

IMG_5478The first piece, titled “Man-Woman-Child,” explores the many relationships that exist within a family, and the roles that each member plays with respect to the other members. It is meant to inspire the viewer to analyze what roles they play within their own family. For instance, the man plays two roles. He must think about how he plays the role of father and husband. This is shown through the connections made within the sculpture. The man and women are bound together at thier heads, but are also bound together at the base, where the baby rests. The baby is not actually attached to the rest of the piece, instead it is resting within a cavity in the base. I took this to mean that the child’s role in the relationship is, in a way, temporary. At one point, their was no child, yet the man and woman were still connected. Then, they child came and formed a new connection between them. At some point, the child will grow up and leave, outgrowing this role and will go out to form his own relationship. Even then, there will always be that place for him with his parents.

IMG_5481This piece is titled “Father and Son.” The father is the large sphere and the two clay legs. The son is the small sphere and the smaller leg in the foreground. The son is leaning against the father. With this piece, Piet discussed the role of the father and the tendancy of inadequacies of a father to passed down throughout generations. The failures of a father on his son lead to a son which will grow up, become a father, and make the same failures. I saw this piece as a warning from Piet to the men in the room, to be especially careful in the ways they raise thier sons, as the consequences can extend far beyond.

IMG_5482This piece, “Christianity Chrystalized,” came with quite an interesting message, which Piet stressed was neither pro-religion, or against religion. It was instead, just a commentary on Piet’s view of the Christianity. Piet views the state of Christianity like crystalizing honey. The religion, like those before it is prone to being replaced by more modern ideas. If not addressed, the honey will harden completely. The honey can be revitalized. Just like a little bit of heat and stirring can reliquify honey, it will take some work to restore Christianity to its previous state. If not addressed, the religion may die. This is signified in the overall shape of the piece, a tombstone. The main figure represents Christ, with his peirced hands and crown of thorns. In the center is the cross on which he was crucified, and the cutouts on the sides are the crosses of the two other men that were crucified along side him.