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Galleries, Creative Directors and Publishers all asked me for my
artist statement, so I had to write one.
Internet is a good source of examples of artist statements and
“How-To's”, but what if I want my artist statement to be more
simple, what if I don't need as many words as most artist
What to do? Do what people expect me to do and make up a
complete story around my work, or stay true to myself, say a
few words from the heart
and let my work speak for it self...
Of course being the stubborn woman I am I did the latter, so
here's my short kind of artist statement:
I don't use skulls to shock, I just try to give the beautiful skull a
I love to give my “girls” something human that the viewer can
relate to, make them look beyond the skull.
This can be something aesthetic like body language, facial
expression or clothing,
but it can also be an emotion.
Sometimes I like to say something with my work,
make people think about or be aware
of things that are going on in this world.
But other times my work is just a pretty object that reflects my
vision of a song I love, a book I read
or fashion photos I see in magazines.
There is just one rule for me: I only use skulls from animals that
lived and died cruelty free.
If you like my work and are inspired by it:
Please don't buy skulls/bones from Ebay, craigslist, etc. because that
way you don't know the source!
Always make sure you use cruelty free skulls/bones and not from
For me cruelty free means: natural dead after a natural life, roadkill,
etc. so no animals killed for their fur, meat, bones, experiments, etc.
If you want to use skulls from endangered species better go to Bone
Clones or Skulls Unlimited and buy the artificial skulls.
Understand that there are laws you have to obey when it comes to
import and export animal parts, so do your homework!
Be prepared that the right papers you need for import/export animal
parts are a lot of work to obtain and cost a lot of money.
So basically I just do what I want and make what I love to make,
and only hope someone else sees the love I put in my work and
also love it.
Esther Verschoor (1967)
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