History

Working in the field of applied psychology I’m confronted with “scarred lives” on a daily basis. The professional challenge lies in turning “misfortunes” into “resilience” or “spirit”.

As a visual artist I aim to recreate this “intention” in my sculptures.

My sculptures demand time. People sometimes tell me that they (sculptures that is) carry a tormented, anguished impression with them. At first they seem psychologically downtrodden but if you look closely you can notice a certain life-force and resilience. Intrinsic happiness does not just blow into one’s life, people encounter misfortune. But it is the next step that I aim to portray, the moment that someone gets up and rediscovers a power to live.

The sculptures appear austere and purified, stripped of all and any superfluity. Traces of molding, carving and bashing are what remain.

All details have been removed and form has been reduced to the essential, fundamental, relevant. Perfect anatomy and the ideal human who symbolizes power and conquest are not what is intended. It is all about the strength and vitality of the scarred to beat the odds and live life on their terms.

Eddie Symkens

 

Selections and awards:

2018: Interview newspaper: Het Belang van Limburg (Belguim) 30/03/2018.

2016: 2nd Biennial Art at Sea: curator Hugo Brutin (Ostend).

2015: Dagblad De Limburger (NL): exhibition about silence and freezing, scoring 4 stars.

2014: 1st Biennial Art at Sea: curator Hugo Brutin (Ostend).

2013: Selected: "self-portrait": Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen at Rotterdam.  

2011: Selected to participate: ISEL: art and culture magazine: ABC van de Belgische Hedendaagse Kunstenaars 2011.

2010: Selected to participate Sculptures Guide 2010. (movingartmagazine)

2008: Art cataloque: Art gallery Ludwig Trossaert Antwerp.

2007: Selected at Dutch ceramists association.

2007: Selected for collection Business Art Service.

2007: Selected to participate on “Beeldig Limburg Belguim” statues of  11 selected artits
of the Province of Limburg, organised by the Comity of July 11th, the Province of Limburg and Flanders Fiesta.

2006: First prize for plastic arts by the town of Dilsen-Stokkem and Davidfonds Belguim.

2005: Selected for the book "14 Presents-day artists" by Thierry Jonnaert.  

In public places:

Flemisch Parliament (Flemisch ombudsman offices).

 2 bronze sculptures: Castle "Ter Motten" by the town of Dilsen-Stokkem. (Belguim).

 Lease-lend: Sculpture: Europa protests (H1m70) and Sculpture: Transhumane (H1m80)
 Cultural Center Maasmechelen. (Belguim).