Inge van den Hoven draws, models and paints miraculous creatures.
These are absurdist, sometimes even frightening, but nevertheless very accessible through recognisable imagery, often with a good dose of humour.
What I make
Realistic-looking figures in ceramics, paintings and drawings. These become new personalities through unusual assemblies of body parts and limbs. And should these characters look "normal", they are in a strange situation or behave peculiarly.
Although the characters sometimes look absurdist or even terrifying, they are still very accessible through recognisable imagery, often with a good dose of humour.
Where do I get it from
Even as a child, I found anything a bit different or creepy very interesting. Like stories about witches and ghosts, deformations of the human and animal body, cabinets of curiosities, fairy tales, medieval book illuminations, puns, the abnormal in daily life, Tod Browning's film Freaks, the work of Hieronymus Bosch. This wonder has fortunately never left me and I now incorporate it into sculptures, drawings and paintings.