From 2000 target Marien Schouten (Andel, 1956) focuses less on painting and increasingly three-dimensional sculptural work well as painterly qualities. During the exhibition is a series of six large white sculptures, besides some smaller works. These ceramic sculptures are studies in which the artist received a commission for the new Palace of Justice in Amsterdam.
Schouten is investigating the firing process of ceramics by means of reduction. This provides both the saturation and the great many gradations of white skin of the images. The sculptures take with this particular production and the 'structure' of layers of paint, glaze and was closely related to the paintings of the artist. The glaze is a coating over the draped form, making the images act as gepenseelde three-dimensional spaces "or" sculpted paintings ". The title of the exhibition, Nepheline, refers to the predominant component present in the white glaze.
The sculptures are an extension of Schouten's paintings, which are three-dimensional elements like wood and metal grids. Where the paintings deal with the space in and around the work, the ceramic sculptures show the viewer the opportunity to further the work from different positions to view. With a theme of these sculptures Schouten not only the relationship the viewer enters the work, but also the interaction between them and the space around the image. The sculptures are effecting both painterly, sculptural and architectural qualities.
The skeletal structure of the various works emphasizes their organic and associative character. The internal structure is sometimes quite literally, visible on the back of some images in the form of a "backbone". The comparison between these sculptures and animal or human heads is inevitable. Yet the work functions less as a literal representation of a head, but rather as a mysterious figure that caught between representation and abstraction. Schouten uses abstraction as a means to shape yet undiscovered forms or figures.