he was 17, self-taught artist Marc Deeleman (1965) has been working on
and off in the atelier of his father, the sculptor Frans Deeleman, where
he experimented with casting techniques and trained himself in related
techniques. In 1996 he started designing and realising his own bronze
objects: mainly abstract works cast in sand moulds, a process in which
spontanity and chance effects play a large role; a technique, moreover,
that yields only unique pieces. Since 1999 he has also been designing
sculptures in wax, that are then cast via the lost wax method.
Deeleman's sculptures show the fancifulness you may expect from working
with sand moulds, but also the sculptures made through the lost wax
method have this characteristic. An abundance of forms, often organic,
varying from fine and sometimes almost two-dimensional to robust and
rudimentary. The sculptures share a similar character, which may best be
described as fresh and individualistic; Deeleman has been able to steer
chance in that direction.