Already an established and successful sculptor in Belgium, and sought after by collectors around the world, Daisy Boman will for the first time, through Publishers Washington Green, be releasing a collection of her Bo-men sculptures, as exclusive limited edition pieces in the UK.
As with many artists, Boman’s creativity stems from a childhood love of drawing and a lifetime of experiences shaping who she has become and the beliefs that continue to guide her work. Whilst studying art at ‘Sissa School’ in Antwerp and then later specialising in Interior Design at the ‘Academy of Fine Arts’ in Mol, Boman discovered her love for working with ceramics, a love which she continued to experiment with and explore when she moved to Johannesburg with her husband in 1981.
Developing her own personal style with this versatile medium, she soon became recognised for her originality and incredible talent with ceramics, several times being selected for the ‘National Ceramics Exhibition’, as well as being invited to become a member of ‘The Association of Potters of South Africa’. Immersed in the volatile social and political climate of South Africa’s Apartheid, Boman’s work became highly influenced during the 6 years that they lived there, reflecting the affect that racial discrimination and segregation was having on the country, and on the state of the world as a whole.
It was upon her return to Belgium in 1986 that Boman first created her distinctive Bo-men figures, each one designed, moulded and shaped by hand until they took on a life of their own. In their natural untainted state, they strip man back to his most primitive form, removing all aspects of colour and race. Their square heads remain faceless, illustrating the social and racial restraints that both unify and divide. As Boman herself puts it, “Faceless, they ask us to look at them for what they are, not for what they look like. Their movements, situations and attitudes speak for themselves.”
At first glance these figures may seem simple and unassuming, even lighthearted in their escapades, but look a little closer and you will see they carry a much deeper message, of the challenges and burdens we all face and the obstacles that we must overcome in life.
Yet it is the actions of these Bo-men that exude such an incredible energy, drawing you into their world in an almost mesmerising fashion. Whether standing alone or in groups, climbing or falling, racing or escaping, each individually crafted figure is, as if frozen in time, silently speaking a thousand words and giving a voice back to a society that has lost its right to speak.