In Badriah Hamelink’s work, ontology, the philosophical study of being, existence and reality, plays a central role. Badriah does not investigate reality as it is given to us from sensory or instrumental perception, but searches for the essence of that reality and what lies beneath it. Without exception Badriah’s artworks are expressions of human states of being. They are abstract answers to abstract questions, always in search for the essence of their reality.
Generally Badriah’s early works convey a sense of order. The sometimes wafer-thin sculptures from the A-series symbolize the fragility of human life and are tempting fate with their fragile features, while the more recent, rough and unyielding sculptures from the OBEX-series reveal the relentless nature of existence; violently breaking loose from their own shackles.