Alexandra Engelfriet (Netherlands)

For more than twenty years Alexandra Engelfriet has worked with the formable materials of the earth: clay, sand, silt and adobe. Through physical interaction that involves the whole body she shapes the material and is herself shaped in the process. Body and clay giving and receiving, an intimate relationship takes shape between experience and earth, setting geological time-scales against the breath of the human body. In inside spaces Engelfriet creates installations using different spaces as large moulds in which the material is shaped. Out in nature she works with matter and natural forces that she finds on the spot. In recent years fire has become another strong natural element that collaborates with her, solidifying her movement permanently into ceramic.