Margreet Wielemaker Postma
Early 1992 I had the opportunity to take personal wood sculpting classes with a well-known costarrican sculptor. I worked with him for 5 years. Accustomed as I was to forming small figures out of malleable materials that were under my control, I was surprised to notice that natural materials like wood have a final say in a sculpture. It forces the artist to take into account its grain, hardness, strength and weight,to say nothing of the time and physical strength it takes to create a sculpture! It was a character building confrontation. Humor was much less appropriate as a subject matter; the nobility of the tropical hardwoods demanded a more serious approach. Wood sculpting proved a way of losing myself in the work for long hours, until I come out of my trance slightly surprised at what came out of my hands.