Nature, a boundless source of inspiration and pure beauty. Those who are not touched by it miss access to what is fundamental. It is perhaps at the core of what so many artists, scientists and philosophers want to tell us. Herma de Wit - Orobio de Castro was so moved by everything she saw around her as a young girl that it was to make its mark on her. Decades later, after studying technical fashion followed by fashion at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and a short prestigious career as a fashion designer she turned back to what had drawn her before her worldly ambitions. Back to the emotion, an intimate entanglement of existential pain and deep wonder.

 

Herma de Wit - Orobio de Castro’s work, her bronze sculptures, objects, drawings and etchings, reveal an almost obsessive relationship with nature – the mainly isolated fragments of flora, sometimes a whole animal. Her meticulous studies and fervent interpretations of her chosen subject, a twig, a leaf or cluster of flowers, appear to be a desire to eternally capture both its power and fragility. The work is often enlarged or given an intimate scale. While one is dramatic another seems nonchalant or painfully shy. In the stillness that the artist seeks, she seems to want to create an almost human portrait. Though nature itself is not art - its creation is far beyond our imagination - looking at it can make it art. 

 

As someone who is self-taught in the visual arts, Herma has a very intensive working relationship with the welders and bronze founders who help realise her work. The transition from a drawn study to a 3D realisation can be extremely complex. Nature cannot simply be copied. The work is therefore a one-off in some cases though, where possible, there can be a small edition of 4 to 8 pieces. The end result has a stillness to it, a sense of being and not perishing. 

Curriculum vitae

2020 Kunsthandel P. de Boer June 17 - July 10, Herengracht 512, Amsterdam

2019  Sculptures at Graanmarkt 13, Antwerp

2019  PAN Amsterdam Art, Antique and Design Fair

           Bruijstens Modern Art Nov 24- Dec 1, 2019

2019  Buddha belly donated to the Daan Theeuwes Centre for Intensive

            Neurorehabilitation, Woerden Oct. 18, 2019

2019  Participant Masterly The Hague, The Hague

2019  Book Herma de Wit - Orobio de Castro, Sculptures and Drawings has been              added to the Rijks Museum library, Amsterdam

2019  Solo show 'STILL' and book launch Herma de Wit - Orobio de Castro,        

           Sculptures and Drawings  June 20-23 , UNFOLD Prinsengracht 715,

           Amsterdam

2019  Book Herma de Wit - Orobio de Castro, Sculptures and Drawings has been               added to the Benesse house library, Naoshima Japan. April, 2019

2019  Book launch Herma de Wit - Orobio de Castro, Sculptures and Drawings

            31st of January, Antwerp at architect Vincent Van Duysen

2018  Garden sculpture exposed at The Building, Amsterdam

2018  Sculptures at Graanmarkt 13, Antwerp

2017  Exhibit Rijksstudioaward 2017, Amsterdam  ‘Bunch of asparagus’

           Still Life Adriaen Coorte 1697

2016  Summer garden exhibition John Halvemaan Buitenveldert, Amsterdam

2015  Participation Open Garden Days Amsterdam 19th, 20th
           and 21st of June 2015

2015  Participation ARTZUID International Sculpture Route, Amsterdam

2015  ELLE DECORATION article Q&A Herma de Wit
2014  Participation ‘Kunst in duin’ Landgoed & Kasteel Keukenhof, Lisse

2014  Exhibition ‘SCULPTURES and LIGHTOBJECT’. Private garden, Amsterdam

2013  Various works presented at the house of More Than Classic
           Woonbeurs Rai, Amsterdam

2013  Summer Garden exhibition FLOWER sculptures. Private garden,

            Amsterdam

2013  Exhibition ‘ART MEETS DESIGN’ DIS STUDIO, Amsterdam

2012  Participation ‘Kunst in duin’, Noordwijk.

2012  Exhibition DJ DE BOER HUISARTS  Amsterdam

2011  Participate in Charity Event Ninos de Guatamala at FIFTEEN, Amsterdam

2011  Participation ‘Kunst in duin’ Noordwijk

1989 – 1995 Own label; ‘HERMA DE WIT’, couture tailor-made women Studio

           Amsterdam

1984 – 1989 Freelance designer for i.a. Trussardi (It) Scapa of Scotland (Be)

1984 – 1986 Teacher at the Vogue Fashion Academy, Amsterdam

1979 – 1983 Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam, Fashion