When Lotta Blokker (Amsterdam, 1980) first encountered the work of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin, during a secondary school excursion to the Musée Rodin in Paris, she felt that her destiny had been determined. “This is it”, she thought, looking at Rodin’s works. At the age of nineteen she travelled to Italy to study sculpture at the Florence Academy of Art.
Her talent was obvious and she started teaching even before she had graduated. The programme had a strong focus on learning the technique of sculpting; of observing, interpreting, drawing, modelling: the hand should follow the eye.
The highlights of the history of the art of sculpture can be seen in Lotta Blokker’s works: from the Venus di Milo via Donatello’s Mary Magdalene to The Thinker of Auguste Rodin. But she also takes work by the great painters such as Vincent van Gogh, Lucian Freud and Marlene Dumas and translates them into sculptures. What all these examples from art history have in common with Blokker is a powerful and sensitive oeuvre that captivate and enchant the viewing public.
Her work can be found in private collections from Europe to the United States and is regularly featured in international exhibitions.
Picture by Maarten Schets