1. View – clay; 25 x 12 x 7 in.
2. Growth – clay; 24 x 12 x 9 in.
Born in Belgium to a family of artists, Hilde DeBruyne possesses the innate ability to transform clay into timeless works of art.
She studied Art History and Archeology at the University of Ghent. It became her passion.
Her rather abstract works reflect nature and the authenticity of the cycle of life. Fragments of the feminine form emerge inspired by the simple and organic features of rock formations, pebbles, and weathered wood.
The essence of her work is felt in the touch and texture. Layers of slip, grog and clay with embedded marks, careless scratches and prominent lines adorn the exterior. Often there is a sharp contrast between smooth and rough surfaces, open and closed forms, perfection and imperfection celebrating the weathering of time.
About 7 years ago she started using metal for large sized public art work. Her public art and murals can be seen in Belgium, Chicago,Ill. and all around Iowa : Des Moines “Mural of the Birth Place of Des Moines”, West des Moines” Circle of Life”, Clive “Hope”, Ames “Infinity” , Indianola “Tree of Life” Webster city and Sioux City to name a few.
She currently lives in Cumming, IA.
© Hilde DeBruyne