Marriage Market

The sculpture depicts a slave market somewhere in the Orient round about 1800, where an Arab slave trader puts his ware up for sale. His target market is the Sultans, who bought female slaves for their harems, to serve as concubines or who might be lucky enough to become one of his wives. The women […]


Anticipation symbolizes the artist’s act of creating a work of art.  It depicts a beautiful woman in a dreamy state of mind.  She is surrounded by rock, suggesting that she is emerging from the earth.  She is still in the process of coming to life, of being created.  Her eyes are veiled, because she has […]


The novel She, by the author Ryder Haggard, inspired this sculpture. Ayesha, a former priestess of Isis in an Egyptian temple, received the gift of everlasting life from Isis, in return for services granted. She later became the queen and ruler of an African tribe. She is depicted while standing in the flames of the […]


This sculpture depicts the biblical Bathsheba, wife of King David and mother of King Solomon. According to the story told in 2 Samuel 11-12 King David saw Bathsheba taking a bath while he was standing on the roof of the palace. She was beautiful and he fell in love with her. He arranged her husband’s […]


Fabled for her sexual allure and cunning intelligence, Cleopatra VII of Egypt has fascinated generations of admirers and detractors since her tumultuous life ended in suicide. She was born in 69 B.C. and was the last of the Ptolemaic monarchs who had ruled Egypt as Hellenistic Greek pharaohs for 300 years. Tienie portrayed Cleopatra as […]

Fallen Angel, 2010

In this sculpture Tienie depicted a fall from grace. It is the exact moment when one has to acknowlegde that he or she has made a mistake, the cognition of lapsus. That moment when you are confronted with failure, not knowing yet how to react, but accepting that it will result in reprobation. Tienie used […]

The Five Foolish Virgins

The sculpture depicts the Biblical parable of the five foolish virgins who fell asleep while waiting for the bridegroom without making provision for enough oil for their lamps. As a result of that, they could not attend the wedding feast. It is each individual’s own responsibility to be prepared for the afterlife and no help […]