Margot Berkman (Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 1964) is a sculptor and spatial designer. Her assignments are generally situated in the public realm. With her characteristic sculptures, objects, tile pictures, low reliefs and spatial ensembles she provides a new context for a given surrounding. By doing this users experience the same environment in a different, more agreeable manner. In her artistic concepts Berkman works in a close cooperation with city- and urban designers, architects, garden and landscape architects.
Method of Working
Method of Working – Elegant and Playful and yet Robust
At first sight her work looks elegant and playful, as if one plunges for a short while into the fantastic world of Alice in Wonderland. Simultaneously functionality is guaranteed with her choice for robust materials as steal and concrete. She offers tunnels, city squares, parks and indoor gardens a new dimension by her fresh and lucid visual language.
Many sculptures designed by Berkman remind us of Dutch 17th-century cut paper art and have the same striking simplicity as the gouache collages (‘Papiers gouaches et découpés’) of Matisse and the mobiles and drawings of Alexander Calder. Like these great artists she emphasizes on the lightness, beauty and happiness of our existence.
The coulisse-like arrangement of her sculpture is based on illuminations of medieval manuscripts, the series op tapestries ‘La Dame à la Licorne’ (The Lady and the Unicorn) or the graphic drawings and paintings by David Hockney. In these works depth is suggested in a flat, almost decorative manner.