The bronzes made by Anita Franken
are, mostly slender women and girls. They seem to defy gravity and gracefully
move through the air. The sculptor gives
her figures the air of being playful, free,
yet proud and a triffle stubborn. She captures her figures as if they are not aware of anyone looking and
allows us to look at these wonderful women at a moment of intimacy and
yet we do not feel that we are spying on them.
The figures are sometimes alone, sometimes in groups and all in
movement. They are floating, jumping, suspended or just tiptoeing through life.
The world of these wondrous women - and
the occasional man - is full of energy,
joy and spirit. You want to join their
abstract dance if only one would allow oneself.
Anita Franken is always striving to achieve this feeling of lightness,
she wants her world to move gracefully. Not only her figures defy gravity –
their maker defies gravity herself by allowing her creations to fly, to give
the idea that they will transcend into
thin air, in the shape of curly and ever moving wisps of fog, by setting them free.
graduated in 1983 from the Academy
In 2011 she followed a masterclass at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy.
is teacher at the Classical sculpting Academy on Groningenwhere she started in 2011.
is represented in various museums, private and company collections and public
spaces. Furthermore, her work has been shown at galleries and art fairs in The
Netherlands, Belgium, France and Austria.