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Overes, Erwin

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I was born and raised in the Netherlands, where I worked as a RN. When I decided to change my career path to give room to my more artistic side, I moved to the US and went back to school. I tried my hand at interior design, but felt more like a director than a creator. So I began to craft the furniture that I wanted to place in these planned interiors. I worked as a furniture designer/maker on my own for 2 years, soon to discover that the restrictions of the need of functionality steered me more towards sculptural work. After taking my masters, focusing on wood sculpture, I've been privileged working in my own studio creating pieces with total artistic freedom.

In both religion and mythology, trees are used as a source of knowledge. In my sculptures, it seemed only natural to choose trees as tools to share my thoughts and feelings. Though I am not an environmentalist, I feel that many modern people have lost contact with nature and consequently with their true selves. Nature can provide answers about ourselves if we are willing to look for those answers. She can help us with our approach to life.

Trees have uncomplicated goals; they want to grow, to survive. They take all the time they need to live out their span of life. They gather nutrition and energy, which they have the capacity to store for use when needed. These resources will not be lost when they die, but will return to earth, enriching the soil again for other trees. The energy gathered throughout their lives will not be wasted. In our own lives, things seem more complicated, but we too strive to grow, to survive. We just have to give ourselves time
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