Mieke de Waal

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I like art when it is open, not hermetic. When it engages viewers, conjuring up bigger questions through its riddled meaning. Who are we? Where are we from? How do we relate to the world around us?

My soft sculptures usually have the form of a garment and hang on thin nylon cords in the room, gently swaying in a breeze. A garment I see as a symbolic representation of a human being. Roughly speaking, you could say that my soft sculptures are bigger than a man when the themes that they represent transcend the individual. They are small when the emotion is important. Big or small; none of these works is intended to be worn by a human.

In recent years I also choose for harder materials. I love it when the hard, unapproachable steel gets a frivolous, gentler, more lace-like look. Light and shadow make ever changing faces of these sculptures.


Before attending the art academy in Utrecht (NL) in the nineties, I obtained a Ph.D. in anthropology. This instilled in me a vigorous curiosity for the tension between the individual and his culture, between society and its members. In my art, I aspire to connect small stories to larger issues in an investigatory way. I hope to inspire curiosity and contemplation in my viewers.

I work with

  • Installation
  • Metal
  • Mixed media
  • Others
  • Paper
  • Plastics
  • Public Art
  • Textile
Mieke de Waal

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de Waal




P.W. Alexanderstraat 32

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4158 CM





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+31 6 12579403

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