The essence of my approach is the creative process itself. My aim is to ignite the spirit and nurture the vision of each student and provide the technical help to carry an idea through to a finished work of art. To take a piece of wood, find the clues hidden within and release that likeness; to work within a theme, story or subject then develop and construct related artwork.
I have always worked in and with whatever materials the environment I lived in allowed, ranging from clay, papier maché, concrete to carving in soapstone, marble and wood.
Growing up in Canada gave me a deep affinity for nature and the First Nations peoples, especially the Inuit, who capture the spirit hidden inside each piece of serpentine, soapstone, wood or antler, releasing the form within.
This approach led to my larger sculpture commissions. In one I expressed the spirit or an angel within the form of a bird, and in another abstract piece the concept of partnership. The fluid movements of wood have led me to explore the flow of life itself.
Since I have worked with several traditional materials as well as new media: video and sound, it is possible to explore many aspects of sculpture and installation.
My sculptures, paintings, prints and drawings are found throughout Germany and as far away as Toronto and Edmonton in Canada, as well as Los Angeles, USA.
What students say:
“I have been going to classes at Studio @ 55 for a while now. I started with making small things, learning techniques like coiling and pinch pots. Esther is a patient and encouraging teacher, part of the enjoyment of the class is absorbing the knowledge from a real artist. We all enjoy the chat and the social aspect of getting together. I am currently working on a larger piece and feel thrilled at my progress. I feel that Esther has inspired me to aim higher.” S.H.
“Esther is a calm and patient teacher who helped me, a complete beginner, create some amazing work I wouldn’t have thought possible. She also makes a great cup of coffee!” P.B.
“Take time to tap into your creative side in good company. Esther’s experience and gentle guidance will give you the the techniques to bring your idea to life. Very relaxing and good fun.” J.B.
“A very relaxing friendly group. The help from an experienced artist to guide our every move to create a wonderful sculpture of our own making was invaluable. Thank you Esther’ from Studio @ 55” V.R.
“Taking a clay modelling course I found it a relaxing and enjoyable two hours each week. You are allowed to follow your creative side with a good teacher who follows your work progress, gives guidance without interference. I actually found it to be therapeutic.” P.K.
The German Canadian sculptor Esther Boehm instructed the 3D Design course at the renowned Sommerakadmie GERN in Bavaria, Germany for the first time in 2015. With great dedication, high technical and artistic competence she looked after the many participants. Her responsiveness to the individual participants and the ensuing dialogue and support led each to the successful realization of their artwork.
She handled complex situations and requirements with confidence, her friendly nature and courteous interaction made the course week at Gern into a positive experience for all. As I have been an academy director with more than 10 years experience at choosing course instructors, I can state with good conscience that Esther Boehm was an excellent choice in this area and hope that the artist will continue to instruct at the Sommerakademie GERN in the future. In addition to her professional qualities, it is noteworthy that Esther Boehm was always very dedicated, loyal, helpful and obliging with participants as well as colleagues. It is always a joy working together with her.