Monique Ausems (1954, Maastricht,The Netherlands)
I enjoy the warmth of bronze, sculpting in wax and giving the finishing touch to a cast bronze. The creative process going from ‘nothing to something' fascinates me. Isn't it wonderful how an idea that exists in your mind can materialise and actually be touched? Of course this doesn't just happen, a lot of work goes into it! Before my work can be called a sculpture all the little steps involved take up a lot of my time, but for me quality is important, not quantity.
1975- 1985: completed several ceramics, drawing and painting courses in Amsterdam and Leiden.
1985-1987: completed Academic Programme in Design Art Center, Sittard. .
Monique: After my graduation with honours in Fine Arts and Public Design at the Teacher Training College in Sittard in 1991 I started painting a lot and I have exhibited my paintings for some years. This influence is visible in figurative bronze relief plaques and small bronze sculptures. Gradually the emphasis moved to proper bronze works.
My work : I love to simplify forms, to abstract. However, I return to the figurative every now and then. Round forms and a smooth finish with little polished squares are characteristic of my work. From all angles it should spark interest. In my recent work I often let the brightly coloured, rough and honest raw bronze surface come out, so that the warm colour of the bronze becomes visible in the little shining polished squares. I am not easily satisfied and aim for perfection in the completion of my work. Quality is important, not the quantity.
Besides this, I like to experiment with epoxy resin in combination with bronze.
Expositions: Since 1988 I gave several presentations and participated in group expositions of paintings and small bronze in the Netherlands. A brief overview of the last few years :
2003-2005 Galerie De Kunstwinkel, Schimmert
2006 Galerie Article, Wijk bij Duurstede
2006 summer/winter exposition GaleRichel, Aardenburg
2006 De Salon, Museum Het Domein, Sittard
2007 Expositiehuis ‘Middendorpshuis' Den Ham (Ov.)
2007 GaleRichel, Aardenburg, Zeeuws-Vlaanderen
2008 Galerie Article, Wijk bij Duurstede
2008 GaleRichel, Aardenburg, Zeeuws-Vlaanderen
2009 Marziart International Gallery Hamburg,(Germany)