Corkscrew taps another favorite subject of Vader’s – cats. The simply styled metal heads of two felines, similar but slightly different in composition – big whiskers fanning out, red mouths below abstract eyes and noses – sit high on either side of a bright gold steel post. A vibrant, purple slender tail winds around the pole ending above the faces. It is simple, balanced and hugely en-gaging. Vader has incorporated cat sculptures into bridge supports; here she is thinking less of the functional and more of the pleasures of life – like fine wine. Always hugely inventive, Vader’s entry is just a hint at the complex creations her fertile mind conjures up continuously. (Info from Castlegar SculptureWalk.)
Born and raised in the Netherlands, Vader brings aspects of her native country to her lively, motion-filled works: reclamation - not of land but materials, bicycles, and windmills. Originally working as an astronomer after emigrating to the United States, the Ph.D. degree in mathematics and natural sciences she earned at teh University of Amsterdam meant she was in front of a computer far to much for her liking. She put together a portfolio that gained her entry into the California College of Arts in San Francisco, where she honed her expressive talent and creative zest.