Henrique van Putten (1977, Nijkerkerveen) is a visual artist that lives and works in Gouda (the Netherlands). She studied sculpture at the art Acadamy ‘Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Contantijn Huygens’, Kampen and graduated in 1999.
Van Puttens work has already been exhibited in many different places in the Netherlands and is represented both in private and corporate collections.
The sculptures of Henrique van Putten are made of mixed materials, but always with textile at the base.
Her work typically tells a story with a strong associative character and is built up out of colourful sculptural elements. Animals play a significant role in her work.
Van Putten gets her inspiration from how she, as a human being, should relate to God as the source of hope, love and life. Her attempts to be in relationship with God human fallibility, “La condition humaine”, takes centre stage. Man is a finite being and is defined by his or her short comings. The different works portray the various aspects of this fallibility: fear of others, the impossibility of being together, death, loneliness and the subsequent impotence. This results in ambivalence. A simultaneous hope and inevitable failure.
When she makes these sculptures, she translates these ideas into fables. These fantasy creations come into being to portray human passions and mannerisms. Using these animals and fabulous beings makes these lessons in morality endearing and easier to accept. Her work functions like a classical drama: it mirrors humans in the form of these beings. This mirroring could work towards purification and in the end towards comfort.