Sjoerd Vonk


In my world map art, my goal is to show the beauty of both the organized and the organic.

I love wood; the colors, the designs, the warmth; the allure of a beautiful grain pattern and the comfort of a smoothly sanded surface. Wood has a potential and willingness to be shaped into something unique and beautiful.

I love world maps as well. Always have. The unique shape of the continents, the altitude differences, the colors of the landscape. They speak to me. They inspire new designs.

Wood and the world. My art.

I’m also a perfectionist. And I’m drawn by the idea of perfect harmony between the seemingly incompatible of the organic (wood) and the systematic (stylized design). I want my designs to display the beauty that is in the wood, and vice versa.


Art is my way to express what life teaches me.

My overarching goal is to capture and visualize what captivates me on life’s journey. As human beings, we experience this world through objects, people and circumstances. A constant quest for discovery. Who are we? Deep down we’re all looking for truth, hope, freedom, rest, beauty and fulness of life.

Words do not always suffice; art is my way to express what life teaches me. My heart discerns what is good, my hands express it. May you be inspired by my creations and encouraged to continue your walk.


Background

When I graduated a master’s degree in Industrial Design in 2013, I remembered my passion for working with my hands. That year, I made my first wooden artwork; a world map. Since then, I have designed many world maps and other 3D panels.

The majority of my portfolio consists of 3D panels. Over my career, I have developed a unique art style, using wood to create 3D images. With this style I have designed and created world maps, cityscapes and other images.