Angelika Seik

Angelika Seik

I am a humanist artist interested in people’s emotions, relationships and interactions. My recent work has focused on the female form; timeless women who hold the fabric of societies together.
I love free-carving in a wide range of stone. In the summer I work on large pieces outside in the garden, and in the winter I develop smaller sculptures and maquettes in my studio. For the larger sculptures I tend to use hard Purbeck and Portland stone, and for smaller pieces I often use Bath stone and Caen stone. My largest sculpture to date ‘Children at a Rockpool’ was commissioned by the town of Dorchester, Dorset and can be seen in public at Poundbury.

Clearly I am a stone carver. My husband is a gardener, and it is a great combination. My grandfathers were Pomeranian quarry men and loved stone, this gene missed my father but I discovered I had it after my first lesson in sculpture at Teacher Training College. This was a light bulb moment, I had always wished to be an artist and now I knew what sort. Influenced by the modernists Brancusi and Gaudier-Brzeska I fell for the talents of Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. So I wrote my thesis on the former and moved from Germany to England to chase my dream. Initially I liked soapstone and when I found myself living next to the then under-construction M25 I found I liked chalk too. Next I moved on to working Caen stone from Normandy. Although I dabbled in realism and portraiture all the time the pear shaped seated figure embedded in her mind. I could feel the tension in the convex and concave shape, this is really what I wished to sculpt and it is a recurrent form and theme in much of my work.

Throughout my prolific career, spanning over 30 years, I have shown my work in over 200 exhibitions. In addition, once a year I open my studio and garden to the public during Dorset and Purbeck Arts Weeks, and for the remainder of the time the best place to see my sculptures and carvings is at the nearby Tincleton Gallery.