In 1993 ben ik bij Artibus in Utrecht begonnen aan een orientatie cursus met 3 disciplines:  

-      Boetseren naar model

-      Ruimtelijke technieken

-      Keramiek

Al snel ondekte ik dat het werken met klei mijn voorkeur had. Het werd zelfs veel meer dan dat: het is een passie geworden. Eén van mijn vroegste werken is een vaasvorm, waaraan gebogen betonijzer is toegevoegd. De vaas zweeft als het ware tussen het gebogen betonijzer. Door gebruik te maken van verschillende materialen is het effect van een contrasterende beweging ontstaan.

CV English

No flat looking objects but three dimension creations. No whirling but hands filled with clay. No glazing, but oxides and coloured clay deposits. Analies Martin chooses for the unpredictable. She likes to surprise herself and for that reason she deliberately chooses for the unexpected in the process of producing a work of art. 

Many of her objects are capricious in form or structure. Their unruly character is reflected in relation with rocks and mountains. Sometimes other contrasting elements are found.  At times she combines a smooth surface with some rough patches.  In her work it is evident that she feels connected with nature. Perhaps one could say that what she retrieves from the earth – clay - she returns as an enriched personal gift.  Keeping this in mind it is extremely fascinating to view her creations and observe the progression of this ceramist.

She started in 1995. One of the earliest creations was working in vase forms added with bend concrete steel. The different materials used have a contrasting effect. Next came the objects inspired by fossils shaped from coarse “ Chamotte” clay and finished by using ochre coloured and black pigment. This was followed by the structures appealing hollow garden structures. She experimented with different forms followed by round structures with folds giving the impression of a “dressed look. “ What the eye registers is a female figure.  The original cone has become a more squeezed shape.

Analies made scale forms with a structure of dried soil. One of those objects has been worked with black “engobe”on red moist clay after she worked the clay with a gut marking it with stripes. The effect is most astonishing. It looks like the base form truly cracked.

 

At some time in her development she made the transition from round to square forms. Again it is the inquisitiveness for the unknown. Slowly but surely the concept of a house appears. She started creating broad and low objects. She is challenged to work more into heights.  The objects become higher, smaller and more spacious. First the “homes” appear in a green cracked layer but all along the colour diminishes and become more in harmony with nature. Later more abstract forms were created. Houses became more like caves.  They become more capricious and predictable.

 

The artist states: Homes protect people against the elements and houses give a street its character. Behind closed doors we find emotions:  people live en fight together, children are being born and die.  Much happens behind those walls and it is the same all over the world. This aspect makes houses fascinating in whatever form all over this world.  If it is a small tinned roofed house, high rises in a metropolis, an impressive castle along the Loire or terraced housing in the Netherlands, everywhere people live behind walls.

It is not surprising that Analies has a preference for raku, a technique using sawdust and wood. Amazing color shades are created in combination of fire, smoke and sulphate. She is ever searching in her quest for freedom.