The figurative sculptures of Dutch artist Yetty Elzas combine deep emotive meaning with a stunning aesthetic. With a focus on soft curves and organic forms, Elzas creates three-dimensional pieces that are highly intuitive, seeking to reflect not only the sadness of the human experience but also the happier aspects that inform our lives.
Originally inspired by the shapes formed by nature in her garden and found in the driftwood she collects on the beaches, and by the female form, Elzas creates three-dimensional silhouettes both elegant and replete with meaning. She considers her sculptures to be anecdotal, each telling a story and revealing a depth of symbolism beyond the surface figurative rendering. As Elzas explains, my “sculptures are like enactments of what I see around me, sometimes happy, sometimes sad, but always understandable even when experimenting with the limits of three-dimensional creation.”
Yetty Elzas currently lives and works in the Netherlands. Some time ago, she completed a commission for a monument commemorating all the Jewish people from Wageningen and the surrounding areas who perished in the Second World War.