Dressed in Soft Cushions and Bulbous Garb, Colorful Personas Emerge from Frode Bolhuis’ Daily Sculpture Project — Colossal

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Dressed in Soft Cushions and Bulbous Garb, Colorful Personas Emerge from Frode Bolhuis’ Daily Sculpture Project — Colossal




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#Frode Bolhuis
#polymer clay
#sculpture
#textiles
#wood

April 21, 2023

Grace Ebert

A polymer clay figure wrapped in colorful cushion hangs on a gallery wall

All images © Frode Bolhuis, shared with permission

Bound with colorful cushions and twine, draped in chains of spheres, or sprouting a single leaf from their head, the characters that originate in Frode Bolhuis’s Almere studio embody the Dutch artist’s playful imagination and desire for experimentation. Part of an ongoing sculpture project, the expressive cast is currently comprised of 117 miniature figures made primarily of polymer clay with wood, fiber, and metal additions, each of which has a distinctive personality.

Bolhuis (previously) began the project with the intention of creating a new work each day, although he shares that in order to refine the characters’ features and fashion their garments, he’s more likely to complete two per week. While much of his process remains the same as when he began the project in February 2022, the artist is currently branching into textile design in collaboration with the studio Byborre and a loom in his studio. He shares about the evolution of the collection:

I don’t know if they get better but they continually find new forms, forms I didn’t know of before I started. It’s like I’m getting to know myself through the sculptures. It’s a wonderful paradox that the set form, size, and discipline give so much freedom. It really feels as if I can continue this forever and continually develop. It’s magic.

If you’re in Philadelphia, you can see a few of the artist’s works later this year as part of Hi-Fructose’s group exhibition at Arch Enemy Arts. Otherwise, find more of the whimsical personas on Instagram.

 

A polymer clay figure in a blue wheelchair hangs on a gallery wall

A polymer clay figure with a puffy suit hangs on a gallery wall

Several polymer clay figures hang on a gallery wall

A polymer clay figure with striped gown and a towering headpiece hangs on a gallery wall

Several polymer clay figures hang on a gallery wall

A polymer clay figure with a bulbous peach gown hangs on a gallery wall

A polymer clay figure with a striped gown decorated with silver coins hangs on a gallery wall

A polymer clay figure with a gown made of brown fibers hangs on a gallery wall

A polymer clay figure with a bulbous white gown hangs on a gallery wall

A polymer clay figure with a bulbous white skirt hangs on a gallery wall

#Frode Bolhuis
#polymer clay
#sculpture
#textiles
#wood

 

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