Vanessa Willemse grew up in an old artists’ village named Laren, in the Netherlands.
From an early age, Vanessa was inspired to freely express her personal sentiments and thoughts through the prism of art.
She then decided to move to Amsterdam, which became the city of her heart. In such an open cultural environment, she continued exploring new forms of artistic expression such as acting, singing and painting whilst pursuing a career as a communication trainer and role-play actress. All this has been driven by her interest in people and their behaviour and energy.
Having travelled to Switzerland for several years, and being influenced by the scenery and ancient art and crafts of this country, Vanessa has developed her passion for sculpting. In 2013, she chose to follow her heart and to fulfil her dream to focus on an artistic career.
Vanessa’s work is distinctive for its contemporary interpretation of proud and strong figures, mostly women. Their characters are a combination of figurative and abstraction, expressing a tangible energy and soul.
All her sculptures are made out of clay and most of them have been cast in high quality bronze with a patina in exclusive colours.
This project is born out of some of my convictions, as everything is possible if
you believe in it, to have the courage to be authentic, in everything there is
captured a message, there are no boundaries in creativity, everybody has a
right at their own perspective, there are always more ways to see the same,
fantasy and dreaming is the free child in me and makes life magic.
Wishing you a beautiful new year in every sense and that all your dreams come true
Moving forward, winter is reaching its end and lighter days are coming
True blue friendships and emotional values
Symbolizing the beauty of scars of life
Sleep well my dear Oomi 🌹 RIP - with all my love - keep on dancing in your dreams - as a tribute to all special grandmothers
Partir c’est mourir un peu - when one door closes, another door opens
Good farewell Montbenon, you are our true lady
Inspired by my dear neighbour and wonderful lady 💗
Wandering down golden memory lane - with the brightest yellows and blues of the sun and the sky
“and all at once, summer collapsed into fall” Oscar Wilde
With this series I am inspired by some of life’s essential themes such as family, friendships and relationships that are all precious and unique to each of us. In the circle of life, like in nature, change is inevitable – and we have our own ways to cope with our realities of life in whatever form they appear.
Memories and dreams - one of the series ‘Friendship’
In self-reflections - one of the series ‘Self’
‘L'homme qui y pense’
Observations and interpretations - there are more ways to look at the same - one of the series ‘Self’
‘Free to dance’ - ‘symbol of transformation and finding lightness of being’ - ode to an impressive woman who was my late grandmother - one of the series ‘Family’
Only intuition - and all about giving and sensitivity - purity in friendships and love - passion and determination - about peace and harmony - ‘symbol of an enlightened guide’
About balance - the harmonious interaction of feminin and masculin energy - ‘Yin and Yang’