Photo credit: Brad Coleman

Annemieke studied and worked in science while taking evening classes in art. About ten years of sculpture with Cor Dam in Delft, the Netherlands, various painting classes since her move to Australia in 1999, and more recently various pottery and ceramic classes. 

Annemieke is driven by a need to understand things that puzzle her. In the past this motivated her scientific research. Now it motivates her ceramic art practice. She aims to understand the tension between the orderly and the regular on one hand, and the chaotic and the extreme on the other. She seeks to create something meaningful by combining both.

For her functional ware she makes symmetric shapes in clay and distorts them in a controlled manner, and uses those to make bowls and cups. She finds the shapes that emerge fascinating as they combine the artificial symmetric form with the plastic distortion of the clay. Afterwards she may carve the surface, add on pieces of clay or combine items together. 

She develops glazes that remain vibrant after the high firing temperature necessary for durable functional ware. Her aim is to create a surface where the layered glazes interact with the carved surface and start to resemble an abstract painting. Using a palette that is inspired by the turquoise sea, the whitest beaches and eucalyptus green forests of Western Australia.

For her installation work she grouped ceramic pieces in a mathematical pattern that lies in between order and randomness. Roger Penrose, a mathematician, designed a mosaic with two diamond shaped tiles that never repeat. Each ceramic piece is placed like these tiles extending out forever. Close by there is order but further away everything is random, a perfect mix of order and continual change. 

Annemieke further explored these concepts in context of the Australian landscape, and placed her installations on Wave Rock and on beaches, where they interact with their surroundings.