From September 10, 2022 to April 9, 2023, Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics presents the exhibition Van Achterbergh Prize 2022: Alexandra Engelfriet. This year Engelfriet (1959) was honored with the Van Achterbergh Prize for her entire oeuvre and in particular her performances. On the occasion of this award, the Princessehof is showing three films by the artist. In these films, Engelfriet forms unbaked clay into characteristic shapes using her body.
Alexandra Engelfriet is fascinated by clay; due to the unruly plasticity of the material, the structure and the way in which the clay alternately yields and resists. For her work, the artist has tons of clay brought to a special location. Then the real work begins, because Engelfriet shapes the material in a special way: with rhythmic, almost dancing movements, she slides, crawls and steps through the material. The result is a series of striking patterns, formed by the artist's body.