Piet Eppinga was a very charismatic artist who loved engaging with us students at his exhibit in the Merlino Gallery this past Thursday. I was drawn to his ceramic sculptures just by his fascination with them. The sculptures were very large and intricately constructed both physically and mentally. Eppinga explained each art piece’s deeper meaning and even gave us the opinions that he’s heard from others about his art.
Many of his sculptures were family-based like the fertility statue of a woman he made, the father and son connecting statues, and the man, woman, and child sculpture. He explained that he is influenced by his family experiences with some of his art, not all. Some of his other art was influenced by religion, and his spirituality. One was influenced by a powerful queen, another of an exhausted mother carrying a burden on her back. Even a fermenting pot influenced by Asian culture.
Piet is a graduate student who is receiving his BFA in ceramics on May 21st, and his birthday is on the 20th. After his receives his BFA, he plans to receive his teaching credentials for grades K-12 so he can teach a single-art subject.