For pictorial artist Rieke van der Stoep, artistry is a way of life. To her, sculpting is a sublime utterance of what she experiences in her inner self. Even though she chose to become an artist in her later life, as a child she also engaged in artistic pastimes. She worked with textiles, designing and making clothes, acting, painting, drawing, designing decors. Her attention was drawn to graphics and she owned a graphic design company for some years. Artistic dynamic coach and glassblowing training illustrate her many-sided creativity.
Rieke brings her inner self outward and reflects this in her statues. Rieke: “Art is a way of communicating, in which the subconscious can be transformed to conscious. Our inner self is our reality. I depict our vulnerability as well as our strength in my statues”.