“I feel the urge of a sculpture as a bubble in my belly, similar to the first stirrings of a new life within.”
Swildens draws inspiration from symbols and mythology in her pursuit to create aesthetic objects that both delight and provoke the senses. Each sculpture expresses an impulse, and once that impulse reaches its viewer, she gladly leaves any interpretations to the eye of the beholder.
Karin Swildens was born in Holland, raised in Morocco where she learned French. She studied at “L’Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs” in Paris where she started professionally as a painter and illustrator. She created Hermès scarves (Carrés Hermès), illustrated children’s magazines, and was the author and illustrator of a book for children “Poutou et Pitchoun” published by Dessain et Tolra in Paris, France.
In 1980, shortly after coming to the United States she began to create wood sculptures as a way to see and touch the “other side” of her paintings. By 1982 she focused her energy on clay and has loved it with a passion ever since. Stories, experiences, imagination and mythology are the basis of her inspiration. She uses archetypal and personal symbols to convey a message of respect for “Joy and Humor in Life”.
Karin Swildens: Of Horses and Houses
Karin Swildens, Sculptor