Wk 12 – Artist Interview – Piet Eppinga

The gallery was full of life-sized, beautiful sculptures of earthy human-like figures. Instead of the artist being outside behind a table to answer questions, he actually gave me and few other classmates a walk through of his gallery.  He explained his interpretation of each sculpture and explained what it was made of and the meanings behind the design.  He also said that his sculptures were up for our interpretation, too.  Ideas developed and he worked to sculpt his ideas but then more pop up and tries to include all of his interpretations and ideas into his art.  Piet has a Caucasian heritage but his art was diverse and multicultural as he lives in a multicultural society and needs to incorporate the different cultures and subcultures into his art, otherwise it would cause segregation.  Piet also just started sculpting in 2008. He owns a house in north of Long Beach, where I live, and it is big enough to where he can fit all of his life-sized sculptures in his home. During Piet’s second employment to Iraq, his buddy told him to use the GI Bill.  So he did and came to CSULB.  He started off taking welding classes and then the polish wheel because he though it was pretty cool.  His ceramics teacher told him that he could be good at ceramics if he went for it.  He took the teacher’s advice and now he is an amazing sculptor.  He also wants to be a kindergarten-12th grade art teacher one day.

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