A toned body hinders its own path, whose otherworldly legs seem to press him down as it trapped by its own strength. From this immensity comes a subtle hint of an exhalation, as if his chest were detached from the rest of his body, preparing for what may come. Whether with or without life, the sculpture has been planted in the middle of the road, becoming an obstacle in its own sense.
Heijligers is a contemporary artist who studied at Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam and now lives and works in Amsterdam.
With her interest in psychology, Heijligers’ art explores the feelings of alienation and belongingness and this series takes inspiration from those who live in the margins of society. Her distinctive characters are deliberately unapologetic and difficult to classify within a fixed framework.
Using these characters as a catalyst she poses several questions in her paintings – how does one’s behaviour and habits influence classifications and how can one find shelter in the midst of their own alienation? In an interesting dichotomy her artworks also provide some potential answers. Her paintings elude to the notion that the disorientating nature of alienation has the potential to shift into something more, something grounded. Each of Heijligers’ characters champion the notion of individualism and channel the inert strength that uniqueness can provide.