Besides her full-time job Betty van Gelder, Project controller at SSG-DMW, has a great passion for sculpting in clay and stone. In the Forum Library's exhibition 'Inside Out', Betty shows her abstract, fully hand-made, stone statues.
Since her childhood Betty has always been an extremely creative person. In the past she painted, drew, and wrote stories and poetry. For the last 15 years she has been fulfilling her creative passion by sculpting in clay and stone.
Betty's stone statues are abstract. Movement is her natural goal in sculpting. She starts a 'conversation' with the stone and the 'characteristic movements' reveal themselves freely and spontaneously. Alabaster and serpentine are her favourite stones. The sculptures are fully hand-made. She doesn't use electric tools, as she wants to feel what the stone desires and she wants to express her own feelings by keeping in contact with the stone.
Photos and descriptions of Betty's work can be found on Facebook: Betty Van Gelder Sculptures and on Betty's website www.bettyvangelder.net
'Inside out' can be seen from Friday, 9 January 2015 until Sunday, 15 March 2015.