Wk 12 – Artist Interview – Piet Eppinga

Photo on 4-16-15 at 11.40 AM

This week, I found myself at the Werby Gallery yet again, but this time with Piet Eppinga gracing us with his intriguing artwork.

I am very grateful to Piet Eppinga because as soon as he arrived, he showed us around the room, talking about every single piece in great detail and taking questions. I could feel the passion and enthusiasm he had for his work. It was impossible not to appreciate his vigor, and to be pumped up as a result of this. I also became very fascinated with the meanings behind each piece as he explained each one.

The one that stood out to me most is the sculpture pictured above. It is difficult to see, but it depicts a man and a woman with their child below. I thought it was rather odd that their faces were stuck together. Eppinga explained that the reason why their faces were like that is because he wanted to depict the relationship a man and his wife has. According to him, the two become as one, and they are bound to each other also by their child. What he was talking about clicked with me because the Bible says a similar statement: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” – Genesis 2:24

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