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Lie makes herself visible and invisible in this pair of identical chairs. She acquired them from an old married couple and then worked on them herself with a gouge and hammer. In working with pairs she looks for the interplay and contrast between two identical things in a single image. Lie trained as a sculptor and her work is often created by the repetition of a single action. She herself says, 'At first there is sorrow and pain, but as the work proceeds it changes. When the experience is over, the work is finished. The working of chairs is not destructive but constructive, because after an initial disturbance of their order they come to show a new reality again'.

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Title Untitled
Material and technique Wood
Object type
Sculpture > Three-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 96.5 cm
Width 42 cm
Depth 40.5 cm
Artists Kunstenaar: Lie van der Werff
Accession number Stad-B 127 a-b
Credits Aankoop / Purchase: 1992
Department City Collection
Acquisition date 1992
Age artist About 30 years old
Research Digitising Contemporary Art, City Collection
Geographical origin The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Lie van der Werff

Veldhoven 1962

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