message woven into fence with young women saved from human-trafficing and sex-work.
Sculpture commisioned by ZOA in 2013. ZOA is an international relief and recovery organization supporting vulnerable people affected by violent conflicts and natural disasters in fragile states, by helping them to realize dignified and resilient lives.
Fabric: Sri-Lanka, Thailand, Pakistan, Liberia
Crucifix : Burundi
Feather: from the backyard
Inspiration: Isaiah 61
Hope, mixed techiniques, 140X80x90 cm, 2013
The People / Volk
A big group of people. Vunerable, expectantly looking upwards. Traces of their maker visable on their bodies. Are they afraid? What do they want? Are they related? Where are they going? Who are they? Who am I to them? Do they expect me to do something?
If you look closely, you see another pair of eyes, shoveling feet, shoulders drooping.
'The People' is an invitation to look and wonder. To look inside oneself and around. Inwards, upwards and towards each other. It allows you to be imperfect and be known simultatiously. To move back and forward between the external and internal. To stand firm and not know without losing balance. Strong and breakable.
Volk, 200 + ceramic sculptures. Height ca. 25 cm. 2002
You are beautiful
During the Fier-Summerschool in 2014 Henrike has woven this powerful random compliment together with 40 young woman living in the "Fier' safehouse.
The young woman living in the safe-house have been rescued from human-trafficing and sex-work.
The fence borders both the safe-house and a main road in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.
The global You-are-beautiful movement is started by Matthew Hoffman.
More about the You-are-beautiful movement: Watch this.