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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Heidi Guthmann Birck

Heidi Guthmann Birck:                                                                                      
Even before I started my education to become a ceramist and sculptor in 1959,
I held a fascination for the human body - portrayed in paintings and sculptures
and in living people. This has been a constant source of inspiration.                                              

All the years my work has focused on the human face and I use it as a subject in
both sculptures and reliefs.                                                                                                           

Throughout the years my work with the human face and head has developed into working
with busts and the entire human body on small and big scale.                                                     
I have created sculptures for site specific commissions placed in private or public areas.
I have faced a lot of great and welcomed challenges, one being the exhibition
at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, in 1983 together with my colleagues
from Multi Mud.                                                                                                                        
The task was to create work that was inspired by the large and well-known collections of
classical ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman art.                                                           

In my sculptures opposite expressions and duality are predominant. This is shown in pieces
that are partly woman and man - “Sheman”, in a man and an animal - “Manimal” or in a chimera.      

Some of my sculptures have been casted in bronze and then chased and patinated to achieve
even more refined expressions.                                                                                                    
My daughter and son have shown a lot of patience as models for some of my sculptures.

Since 1965 I have participeted in exhibitions all over Europe and my work can be seen
in several museums and public collections.
Among grants, I have received the grant from Djerassi Foundation 1985 - Artist in residence
and from Niels Wessel Bagge Art Foundation 1998 - Study tour, a tour which has been 
particularly important for my artistic development.

The exhibitions “Profiler i ler” 1980 and “Resumé 1966 -1999” have been manifestations of my
artistic partnership with my husband Aage Birck.       

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