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Frans Hilgers Sculptures

Motivation and inspiration

For me, sculpting has quite some similarities with surgery, requiring a thorough 3-D insight in the (t)issues at hand. This makes working in my own studio on intriguing stone and wood samples a great compensation for my former professional craft. Another similarity with surgery is that one must regain the capability of “looking” with one’s fingers/hands, something we have been "cured" of as children to make us socially "acceptable".

I prefer working with stones from a known site of origin, and with respect to (Dutch) wood, the growth site. My inspiration can come from the shape of the stone or wood sample, or from everyday observations and interactions, resulting in organic, figurative sketches, harmonic movements, and body contours.


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