Marika Osmotherly is a Dutch-born artist, practicing and living in Newcastle. Her work addresses the metaphysical notion of human existential significance or lack thereof and she translates this into three-dimensional form. Marika was born in Heerlen, the Netherlands in 1959 and grew up in Nijmegen. After finishing her physiotherapy studies in Amsterdam, she moved to the U.K. in 1988 where she practiced in and around London for 6 years. In 1994 she migrated to Australia with her family and settled in Newcastle, NSW. After taking time out to raise her two daughters, she commenced her undergraduate studies in Fine Art at the University of Newcastle in 2001. Her practice initially consisted of figurative sculpture but during her postgraduate studies she started to develop an interest in philosophy, with particular focus on phenomenology and the sublime as elements of her expression of existential angst. Marika finished her Master of Philosophy in 2013 and has been employed as a casual academic at the University of Newcastle in the discipline of sculpture from 2009-2013. She exhibits both nationally and internationally and has work in collections in Australia, the Netherlands, the UK and Germany.
Based on intensely personal events that have influenced my life in recent years, my current interest lies in the philosophical premise of the fragile human condition and the attempt for us as human beings to overcome these feelings of fragility. The aim of my current studio practice is to consider the importance and relevance of ‘being’ on a personal existential level and to communicate the metaphysical notion of this existential significance or lack thereof, translating it into three-dimensional form.
The work presented in this exhibition mainly consists of several abstracted human figures carrying a load, conveying this existential angst. There is also some more recent work which expresses the same notion in a more conceptual manner.