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Sculptor Anja Roemer
Anja Roemer

About Anja Roemer

Anja Roemer studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Utrecht, specializing in Theatrical Design. During the years she spent working in the theater and television industry several commissions for costumes and attributes came her way from people such as music composer Karlheinz Stockhausen for performances of some of his works. The desire to work on a more independent basis caused her to take up sculpting in 1984, a study at the same Academy in Utrecht. Since 1997 Roemer works as an autonomous sculptor and visual artist, focusing on themes like life cycles in nature, metaphors for the human condition and contrasts between shapes and spaces-in-between, using stone and bronze as materials mostly, sometimes combined with glass, and executing her work in elegant design and with great craftsmanship. Portraits made by her, mainly in bronze, bear a strong natural resemblance. A good example is the one of Bernard Haitink, a private commission by admirers of this Dutch music conductor of international standing. The results of all her work are tender and light and make you forget the sometimes heavy materials used.
Sculptor Anja Roemer
Anja Roemer at work in Sweden

Exhibition History of Anja Roemer

2015 Realisation garden-sculpture ‘Ayre’, Arnhem. Models for: ‘After the war’, an installation of statuaries (free-work). Work in progress: installation: ‘Missing Children’. Bronze ‘plug-in-pennies’; Being part of it. Research for WWWCloud-project’. Subscription to exposition ‘Down Under’. Small-scale installation: ‘Art or not Art’. Subscription for DAAR-project-Palestine. Subscription and nomination for EKWC. Subscription for MELT-minus 20, Austria. Small exhibitions at Nijkerk. 2014 Sculptures ‘Møln-II’, ‘Equisetum’ and ‘Radix’ for sculpture-garden Ars Longa, Drempt. 3rd Working-period Sweden. Design and nomination for a bracket honoring Maria van Pallaes, historical centre of Utrecht. 2013 Commission for garden sculpture (Ayre). Bronze portrait of director Haitink, Artist-in-Residence period Sweden. Sculpture ‘Møln-I’ connected to garden design Ursem (NL). Garden design Baarn and garden design Zutphen. Sculpture ‘Mist’ for Community of Olofström, Sweden. 2012 Design for a public Memorial for children, cemetery Kovelswade/Utrecht. two garden designs. Tombstone-commissions. 2011 Exposition ‘Firma van Drie’: Gouda: installation Last Minute and live-performance Group exposition at the town-hall Utrecht. Bronze sculpture AMA-bis. ‘Monnikenwerk’ photo booklet about ‘the making of’ a monumental tombstone by Michel Marang. 2010 Group exposition at Calcata, Italy: L’Uovo dell’Angelo MEMORIALS AND MONUMENTS 2009 Exhibition at Antonius Hospital, Nieuwegein. Group exhibition Artist Association (Genootschap) Kunstliefde Group exhibition Vormgevers Oude Hortus, Utrecht 2009-2015 Member of Ballot Committee Artist Association (genootschap) Kunstliefde 2008 Memorials and monuments. 2007 Free-lance work at Joh. Jansen Stonecutters, Utrecht; designing, drawing and executing memorials. 2007 Installation LAST MINUTE shown at Artist Association (Genootschap) Kunstliefde Utrecht (expo DRIE). Participating organizer of the jubilee exhibition of Artist Association (genootschap) Kunstliefde, Utrecht; exhibition at the DutchDesignCentre Utrecht. Bronze garden sculpture ‘Tulip’. 2006 Exhibition at Shirdak, Amsterdam and at Terra Nova, Utrecht Participation Presentation Congress, Amersfoort Arie-Molenkamp-Award-II, bronze. 2006-2008 Staff Member Artist Association (Genootschap) Kunstliefde, Utrecht 2005 Designs for Visione. Sculpture “Al Inferno” showed at Goudkoorts WTC Rotterdam and at Artist Association (genootschap) Kunstliefde, Utrecht Memorial plaquette Die Magerhorst. Exhibition at De Hoogstraat Utrecht, 2004 4 Memorial stones at the Pyramid of Austerlitz, Amersfoort Project “Boulders” (zwerfkeien) 2003 Bronze relief Aula crematorium, Winschoten Bronze portrait `Principessa` Poetry project `Er liggen woorden`, also exposed at the library Utrecht Participation 7th exhibition Boulevard d`Unica, Utrecht 2002 Arie-Molenkamp-Award-I, bronze Participation jubilee-exposition Galerie Wiek XX, Nieuweschans 2001 Group exhibition park Bronneger Galerie Wiek XX, Drenthe Exposition Terra Nova, Utrecht Sculpture ‘Mother and Child’ (Greek marble) Participation Utrecht Sculptors Symposium: 2 Roses and 1 Thorn (Portuguese marble) 2000 Monument Forum Hadriani, Voorburg (NL). VRO-Award, bronze 1999 Façade Restoration 17th Century Hofje van Deutz, Amsterdam (Italian marble) 1998-2002 Affiliated to Memorial Gallery Ans Kroot, Breda 1998 Sundial Genk, Belgium since 1997 Working as independent visual artist: Free work and Commissions for monuments and sculptures 1996 Public Memorial Monument Cemetery “Daelwijck” Utrecht 1991-1997 Employee at Joh. Jansen Stone Cutters, Utrecht 1984 - 1985 Foundation Studio Maskerade, Utrecht 1980-1988 Sets and costumes for theatre-and broadcasting-productions, o.a. with KarlHeinz Stockhausen, NOS/NOB

Artist Statement of Anja Roemer

The leading theme in my work, you might say, is the tension between being (there) and not being (there). When I was busy making memorials this theme was given form by the symbolism of the fruit and seed; the-in-betweens of two lives and the tension it contains. The more abstract objects coming forth from this image show the same tension inside itself; tension between material and absence of material, always in organic forms. In the sculptures I recently made, developed during my Artist-in-Residency in the south of Sweden 2013, the inner space between two masses has more importance than the outer shape of the sculpture. The tension is given form by absence of material. The immaterial shows itself by the material. The critical distance between two masses shows their connection. In consequence of this idea I now want to focus more on the meaning of connection. The installation LAST MINUTE deals about the things men are chasing at during their lifetimes; the elusive ‘something’; maybe life itself. What would be LIFE itself? In the space between material forms I try to express my thoughts about that; vibrations, energy, warmth, thoughts, the urgency to connect or to disconnect, everything that is invisible and yet seen. Since my working period in Sweden I symbolize this idea by means of THE CLOUD. Everything moving around the world, constantly integrating and disintegrating, can be seen in a cloud. Water and air are maybe the most elementary elements to life. They literally connect people (water and air run through us all) in a material (= horizontal) way but also connect people in a symbolic way; is not the cloud the most specific symbol of thoughts and dreams? Thoughts and dreams are also migrating around the world in a constant stream. There is not ONE thought or dream that is not shared with someone else. And last but not least: clouds are vertical connections between earth and sky, between material and least material, symbolizing in a vertical way the connection between the living and the dead, past present and future. I am working on realizing this symbol of connection by executing CLOUDS around the world (WWWCLOUD-project), in different materials, in different settings. The installation MISSING CHILDREN (also a work in progress) is about children or souls that are out of sight or ‘absent’ (from the material). Child-size moppets are floating just a little loose from the earth, moving with every breeze of air, elusive. They symbolize not only the really missing (kidnapped, murdered, died or run away) children but also the disappeared or suppressed spirits; spontaneous life-cores that were quenched by hardship, suppression or trauma’s. BEING PART OF IT is an extra title to pieces of work to express that it is part of a bigger story; a slice of a stem, a bone of a skeleton, a piece of a jigsaw-puzzle. We are all part of a bigger story, mostly disconnected and trying to reconnect. May the tension between the pieces (instead of a fixed and fragile one) become more mobile and therefore a playful interspace between people world wide”.

Qualifications / Education of Anja Roemer

2015-2016 C&O Training (Culture and Enterpreneurship) 2014 SCM Training (self-confrontation-method) 2012 IPD Training Garden Design, botany 2001-2007 Courses of Italian language 1996 Business-Training, Bureau Takken/ Gallery Made In Heaven 1995 Training Natural-stone, Nieuwegein since 1990 Training in the field/autodidact: relief carving, lettering and letter carving, memorial design, customer care, photography, photo shop and in-design 1990-1991 Private training by sculptors, a.o. Eddy Gheress 1990 Art School (Hogeschool BK) Utrecht, part-time- training Sculpture/Modeling 1981 Part-time-training Carpentry and Technical drawing, Utrecht 1981 Art School Artibus, Theatre-design (Sets and Costumes), Utrecht

Teaching Experience

1988 Giving theatre-design-workshops to Palestinians at The El Hakawati-theatre East Jerusalem. 1986 Giving theatre-workshops to Palestinian youth at The El Hakawati-theatre East Jerusalem 1983 Working-project in refugee-camp Amman Jordan with Dutch volunteers and Palestinian youths 1988 Giving theatre-design-workshops to Palestinians at The El Hakawati-theatre East Jerusalem. Set and costume-design for a Palestinian theatre- production ‘Slaves go west’. 1987-1992 Member of The Palestine Committee Utrecht and Amsterdam, organizing debates and demonstrations. 1986 Giving theatre-workshops to Palestinian youth at The El Hakawati-theatre East Jerusalem 1983 Working-project in refugee-camp Amman Jordan with Dutch volunteers and Palestinian youths

Price Range of Work

Anja Roemer's work has a price range from £3,575 to £17,843

Mediums utilised

Anja Roemer's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Anja Roemer's work is found in the following categories on site:
Organic / Abstract Sculpture (12)
Varietal cross section of Floral, Fruit and Plantlife Sculpture (9)
Seed Nut Pod Grain Mast Fruit Stone Pip Pit Cereal sculpture statue statuary Carving Casting (7)
Abstract Plants Fruits Trees Leaves Flowers Statues Sculptures (5)
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures (4)
Tabletop Desktop Small Indoor Statuettes Figurines Sculptures (4)
Abstract Contemporary or Modern Outdoor Outside Exterior Garden / Yard Sculptures Statues statuary (4)
Indoor Inside Interior Abstract Contemporary Modern Sculpture / statue / statuette / figurine (4)
Outsize Big Large Fruit Flower Plant sculpture statue statuaryGarden Ornament (4)
Symmetric Sculptures / Statues / statuettes / statuary (3)
Carved Abstract Contemporary Modern sculpture statue carving (2)
Modern Abstract Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures or Statues or statuettes or statuary (2)
Vegetable Sculptures / Statues / statuettes (2)
Round Disk, Dish, Flat Circular Ring Shaped Sculptures / Statues statuette statuary (2)
Interior, Indoors, Inside Sculpture (2)
Carved Stone, Marble, Alabaster, Soap Stone Granite Lime stone (2)
Focal Point Abstract Contemporary Modern sculpture statue
Musician and Musical Sculptures
Busts and Heads Sculptures Statues statuettes Commissions Bespoke Custom Portrait Memorial Commemorative sculpture or statue
Small / Little Abstract Contemporary Sculptures / Statues
Commission and Custom and Bespoke sculpture Statues
Minimalist Understated Abstract Contemporary Sculpture statuary statuettes
Celebrity and Star Sculptures
Tubular Abstract Contemporary Post Modern Steel or Aluminium / Statues or Sculpture
Plant Outdoor Outside Garden or Yard sculpture statue statuette
Commemoratives and Memorials Sculptures
Famous People Sculptures Statues
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