Mieke van Grinsven -- Sculptures
Mieke van Grinsven, was born in 1957 in the Netherlands, where she studied handicrafts at the Arts Academy in Arnhem. She is a very practical person who loves to create and for several years she thought making Crafts would be her thing.
She attended a Carpentry Cooperative in Oosterbeek before heading to Africa as a manager of a Crafts workshop in rural Zambia ( 1987-1992) and had her own leatherfactory during 8 years in Tanzania.(1995-2003). She finally found her material in which to express herself fully: ‘serpentine stone’, in 2003 in Tengenenge Zimbabwe.
Back in Arusha Tanzania, where she lives with her husband and two children, she sold her leather factory and decided to fully concentrate on sculpting.
Her work is ‘inspired by the people of Africa.’
The first years she was guided by the shapes of the serpentine stone to create her ‘smiling faces’. She did not have the intention to make torso’s but it just happened with the first two bodies she made. She found it amazing that a body without a head has so much expression.
She loves to work in her outdoor workshop and gallery in the acacia woods with the sounds of the birds and the village in the background. Sculpting has become such a part of her life that a day without it isn’t balanced.
1997: International Trade Fair, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
1998: World Trade Fair, Nuremberg , Germany
1999: International Film festival , Zanzibar, Tanzania
2000: National History Museum, Arusha, Tanzania
2005: Solo exhibition at her home MIBA Ltd. Outdoor Gallery, Arusha
2006: Solo exhibition Cultural Heritage, Arusha
2007: East African Arts Biennale , Dar es Salaam
2007: Elewana Coffee lodge, solo exhibition, Arusha
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