Badriah Hamelink is an artist that specializes in abstract sculpture and spatial projects that boarder on architecture. The minimal has a central role in her works. It is not an impersonal minimalism, devoid of any meaning, quite the contrary. It is a minimalism that is highly charged with meaning. This seemingly simple style helps Hamelink to convey the essence of a sculpture, without obscuring its meaning with to much detail. The same minimalist approach is apparent in her naming of the works. Hamelink steers clear from explanatory titles, since to much meaning can, in turn, obscure the expressiveness of the sculpture itself. In order to achieve this state of simplicity, any volume that is not absolutely vital is removed. This process of elimination denudes the truth that speaks threw the form and offers the onlooker a point of view that is free from background noise.
Badriah Hamelink is inspired by a range of artistic era’s and movements in which meaning is transmitted to the viewer in an undiluted way. These sources of inspiration range from the immediateness of modern dance performances to the slow philosophical act of a Japanese tea ceremony, from the freedom of expression that the late modernist painters explored to the age-old repetitive raking of Zen gardens, from the new layer of meaning provided by land art, to the mysterious layer of meaning surrounding excavated temples, from the clarity of Gregorian chants to the shrouded secret of Bactrian idols, from the elegance of Viking ships to the primordial beauty of Paleolithic axes that never once have been used.
Hamelinks materials of choice are usually tough and not particularly easy to shape. A great love of hers is the very rock of which our planet is formed; a material that predated mankind with millions of years and still shows signs of its own genesis. This is a material out of which man has made its artifacts since the dawn of human civilization. Such ancient practices fascinate the artist to the extent that she has gone and learned how to master stone carving, metal casting, milling and welding, patinating, stone splitting and many other techniques. That way she retains complete control over the shaping of the surfaces and thereby of all the choices that are made that eventually determine the outcome.