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.
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My wish is to reach people with the encouraging energy of my sculptures, to help people think ‘out of the box’.
So I personified my sculptures, by travelling with them and taking them out for a walk in the place where I was, sending a message inspired by the place, the day, the trip and my mood.
‘Le roi qui rêve’ et ‘La femme de ses rêves’
‘La femme chaude’
‘For the love of Giacometti’
‘La nouvelle dame est née’
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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.
‘La Baronesse, La Princesse et La Duchesse’
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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.
‘L'homme qui y pense’