Marjan Wouda sculptures of animals demonstrate that she is not merely and artist who makes animal sculptures she has taken narratives to express specific relational aesthetics between the work and the viewer that attempts to encapsulate the viewer and delve into their imagination.
Her acute attention to detail in her process of making sees the creation of animal sculptures with bewildering accuracy, however the features of the works shows the clay was embossed with a range of materials and shaped before casting giving the creatures a hand crafted feel that reflects the artists emotional attachment to the work.
Her work looks to embody innocence and playfulness that shows her audience that imagination can come to life in her work. She plays with textures to capture different moods in her creatures; the narrative of children’s stories comes through in the composition of the works. Her ability to enthral a sense of playfulness and glee amongst her audience while they see her work in context captures a note of thrill that her work has reached people on the level she hopes for.
A Marjan Wouda animal is more than an animal; they are characters that interact with the viewer whilst statically going about their business. She has placed her audience in a situation where she is forcing them to relive memories and the wonder of seeing for the first time. That static sculpture, beautifully presented, depicts the wonder of the moments that flash by in an instant.