Daisy Boman (b.1948) from Belgium has a background in interior design and photography which she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. It was after her degree that she began to experiment with ceramics and possibilities unfolded. After a move to Johannesburg, she was selected for the National Ceramic Exhibition several times.
"Sometimes it is difficult to put things into words, my works say a good deal more".
Alone, but mostly in numbers, Boman's figures climb, interact with each other, fall, crawl, run-telling us stories about life, human destiny and universal feelings. The ‘Bo-men' are there to remind us how much struggle defines our lives in the world. But are we all that different in our struggling? Daisy Boman suggests not, offering us a unique look at ourselves.
Daisy Boman makes thought-provoking sculptures that depict faceless figures and in a variety of situations. They could be described as three-dimensional fables. The faceless pushes the viewer to look beyond personal identity and to look at the actions of the figures both independently and collectively. The white tone of the figures represents that race shouldn't be a consideration. These androgynous figures are here to represent everyone.
The sculptures are conceptualized through preliminary sketches. After this each figure is hand sculpted and often turn out very differently from the initial visualization. The clay used is dried in the open air before being fired in a kiln.
Her works were exhibited in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Sasolburg, Durban and Capetown.
|2011||Washington Green Gallery, Birmingham, UK|
|2009||Design Centre 'Winkelhaak', Antwerp, Belgium|
|2008||Halcyon Fine Art Gallery, London, UK|
|2006||Galerie Mas, Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|2005||Woolff Gallery, London, UK|
|2000||Culturel Centre, Mol, Belgium|
|1995||Galerie Minotaurus, Brugge, Belgium|
|1991||Galerie Nova Platea, Antwerp, Belgium|
|1990||Galerie Het Zwanepand, Antwerp, Belgium|
Her works are held in private collections in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Germany, France, the Netherlands, and Britain, and has been featured in such magazines as Art of England (January 2009) and Fine Art Collector (series 5, issue 8). Living and working in Geel, near Antwerp, she has appeared on Belgian television, and in 2010 her piece 'We Will Find a Way' was selected for the luxury liner Nieuw Amsterdam to represent contemporary Flemish sculpture.