Marlène Sjerps discovered her love and talent for sculpting
at the end of the 1980's. As an autodidact who is not impeded by cultural ballast
or other people's ideas, she developed entirely her own
style that still cries out for continued development. Matters
resulted in about ten expositions within the gallery circuit in the
early 1990's. "Subjectives" was a group of around 25 unique
statues ranging from 40 to 180 cm high.
By 1993 she decided to a necessary but self-appointed seven-year
break, which was interrupted by a small assignment now and then.
The inevitable reversal came in 2000: a private assignment for a
large bronze resulted in "Conception: a Gift of Water". It
clear that Marlène Sjerps' break hadn't done any damage.
Conception was more mature, balanced, tranquil and
simultaneously more explicit than her previous work. Conceptual thinking
had given way to style, distinct lines and a firmer vision.
It is striking that Conception in essence goes back to her very first
bronze from 1989 entitled "I Know Who Did It". It's as if
had grabbed himself by the scruff of her neck beforehand in order
to start a new.
Marlène Sjerps: "I am very curious as to what I will be
15 years' time".
Marlène Sjerps' statues are currently being cast at Binder,
a prominent bronze foundry in Haarlem, the Netherlands. Binder
casts statues for (the heirs of) Mari Andriessen (De Dokwerker),
Nic Jonk, Charlotte van Pallandt, Truus Menger, Kees Verkade
and Willem Lenssinck, among others.