Between dream and reality 2018 - 2021
Price on request
- About the artworkArtist: Else Ringnalda
Bronze statue on wooden water lily leaf
h. 60 cm
Water lily leaf: Wood type okoume, treated with epoxy and pigments.
Else Ringnalda makes bronze sculptures floating in water on a water lily leaf. The 'Homo Ludens' play so gracefully in a water theatre.
Of course, the statues can also find their place in the garden without a water lily leaf. The leafs are coloured in red/ green.
- About the artist
Else Ringnalda gets her inspiration from the question what the ideal world looks like. A world in which people treat each other and nature with respect. In 1938, the cultural historian Johan Huizinga described Homo Ludens, man at play. Between 1956 and 1974, Constant created the New Babylon models in which Homo Ludens lives. Else Ringnalda makes sculptures of Homo Ludens. She sees her sculptures as extras in a utopia. These Homo Ludens are people who discover and develop their talents. They offer space and admire each other's differences. Some sculptures sway, others float on water, moving under the influence of wind and current. This gives the impression of creating a theatre on water where a different scene can be seen each time. To emphasise the equality between people, Ringnalda makes androgynous sculptures. Their form is created after manipulating reality by, for example, lengthening limbs or broadening shoulders and leaving out details. The figures are introverted without suggestion of movement or unequivocal expression. They seem absorbed in their play.