Hester Pilz

pilz_portrait-hesterHester Pilz graduated with a B.A. from Delft Technical University, Architecture Department, B.A. from Den Bosch Koninklijke Akademie voor Kunst en Vormgeving, Sculpture Department and B.A. from Fontys University for Applied Sciences, Teaching Department. Pilz has worked as an artist, and curator. Her past projects involve landscape design and Land Art for the EuroLandArt project in the Netherlands, France and Germany, sculpture for 150 years Waterboard in Belgium and the Netherlands and Community art projects in England, Serbia, the Netherlands and Belgium. Miss Pilz teaches sculpture at the Pieter Brueghel Institute and at Fontys University for Applied Sciences in Tilburg, the Netherlands.
Penelope is Weaving, 2015
Penelope is faithful to her husband Ulysses, who has been at sea for many years and is presumed dead. Now she is forced to marry another man. As soon as the rug that she is weaving will be finished, she will have to forget Ulysses and marry one of the men of the island Ithaka. Now, everyday she does her weaving but every night, secretly, she undoes it again. This buys her the time to keep waiting for Ulysses. In the end he comes back to her.
I think in this story the husband Ulysses is a symbol for Penelope’s soul. She stays true to her soul. I take it as a lesson for making ephemeral art. Stay true to your soul, don’t be afraid to work hard and undo your work again if necessary, and let nature take over. Ephemeral it is.
Penelope says: “I lose you often – My fear scares you away. When I am too obedient – You quit. Be the first in my class – It does not work. The easy road – No way. To think that I already know the end – Bad surprise. When I think too small, restriction without reason – You laugh.” Ulysses says: “Start living, girl. Go, dance in the rain. Maybe, you will find me under a stone, Or in a drop of rain, Or in the glass that you raise with a friend. You know where I am.”
For more information about Hester and her works, please visit her website at www.hesterpilz.nl.
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