|'Searching for connections between the earthly and the spiritual'|
Leonnie van Eert is a ceramic artist born in the Netherlands. Although she started her work as a ceramist later in life, Leonnie was always interested and involved in various art forms. She took a watercolor course, created and performed theatre plays for children with friends, took dance workshops, music lessons, and even played the tenor saxophone for many years, classically as well as in a big band. She also went on many cultural trips and often visited museums in Europe, Africa and Asia. In 1997 she moved to Suriname for one year to work with youngsters with a mental disability. Once back in the Netherlands she worked at a center for asylum seekers, because she felt drawn to the diversity in cultures represented there in. In 2000 Leonnie decides to move back to Suriname, where she starts working as a social worker and an artistic supervisor for special needs groups. In 2001 she starts taking ceramic lessons from Soeki Irodikromo, who inspired her to further develop her own style. In her work she searches for a connection between the earthly and the spiritual, and takes inspiration from authentic tribal forms and customs, shapes from nature, and from her work with special needs groups as well. For her work with children Leonnie has travelled to the interior quite often. Her work with the indigenous Trio community of Kwamalasamutu especially, left a lasting impression on her. These and other experiences are often depicted in her ceramics in semi-abstracted form. In her work she often incorporates other natural materials such as bamboo, jute, rope and seeds.
2016 Two day Presentation at the Folk Academy of Soeki Irodikromo, Sana Budaya, Paramaribo, Suriname
2015 National Art Fair, DSB Bank, Paramaribo, Suriname
2015 Thursday Night Feature "Leonnie van Eert", Readytex Art Gallery, Paramaribo, Suriname
2013 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
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