Heijtlager is an sculptress who makes sculptures in clay which she then casts
herself makes a distinction in het work, free work and commissioned work,
portraits. However, for the person looking at her work this distinction is far
from obvious. Her touch, energy and dynamics are equally strong in all her
work. Karien demands a lot of herself – the best sculpture does not exist – it can
always be better.
Karien Heijtlager’s free work has a clear and all encompassing theme: erotic
tension between man and woman. Attraction, dominance, subjection, power and
growing together are motives one will see in all her Works.
a relation at times demands more or less abstraction. Clear figuration might be
the way in which Karien wants to express her theme on some works. In other
works she creates in a rather more abstract way capturing movement and
dynamics. However Karien "reduces” her sculpture to more or less abstract forms
– the figuration will always be prevalent.
noticeable in Karien’s Works is that the relation between man and woman is
portrayed in a direct manner, where man and woman clearly have their own power
and identity. Romance is only a part of her work. It is the tension between the
partners in a relationship of two strong willed persons which makes her work so
overwhelming and present.
commissioned Works, Karien has developed a specialty of making portraits. Her
search to find the personality of her subject, the right touch, fathoming a
model’s personality is a journey full of surprises which she thoroughly enjoys.
Heijtlager (1959) studied autonomous disign at the Art Academy of Utrecht in
the 1990s. She continued her studies in 2010-2011 at the Willem de
Kooningacademie in Rotterdam.
To further her development she worked closely with her mentor Kees Verkade.
works in The Hague and Tuscany,
Her works are shown and are part of collections in The Netherlands, Switzerland, France Italy and the USA.