Mieke Oldenburg works in clay and bronze. Serene introverte busts of women, bathing figures, women as sentinels, standing figures and reliëfs. The skin dry and yet touchable. Her colours are sometimes greyish and sometimes intense.
Women, horses, landscapes and dows are the principal subjects of the sculptures. Physically close but emotionaly distant. The calm pastel and grey tones of the works in clay reenforce the subtle beauty and contribute to a sometimes mystic radiation. The viewer is struck by the psychologial intensity of her portraits. She has the talent to give her figures a structural grace and simplicity combined with a budding sensuality.
Her horses, sybols of the power of life, are massive and enigmatic. Forms are sober, but at the same time powerful and poetic.
Mieke Oldenburg could be classified as contemporary Classicism. However she adapts the classic influences in her own way, and demonrates self conciensness and individuality.
Mieke A. Oldenburg
Education Academy for Visual Arts, Minerva, Groningen, The Netherlands
Royal Academy for Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium
Artist in residence Europees Keramisch Werkcentrum, Heusden
1981 – 2009 Works both in The Netherlands and Mozambique