Mariken Wessels (1963)

Mariken Wessels’ (b.1963, the Netherlands) work nearly always begins in the archive. From letters found in flea markets to photographs given to her by friends, Wessels proceeds to both uncover the original narrative and then create her own through books, films, installations, sculptures and photographs. Such a use of the archive hints at notions of public and private, where the two are in constant flux through Wessels’ re-moulding of bygone personal material into a public domain. And at times, the stories she finds take precedence, whilst at others, they merely function as a point of departure where Wessels sees them as a stage to then write her own play. Indeed, the theatrical analogy is fitting given her education in theatre and a decade-long career in acting, which undoubtedly still influences her today.


Mariken Wessels studied acting at the Amsterdam Theatre School. After her career in acting, she studied visual art at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and then established her own artistic practice. Since 2017, Wessels has been working on a large-scale project inspired by a sequence from the Human and Animal Locomotion studies by Eadward Muybridge. This new work encompasses sculpture, photography, film, and (artist’s) books related to the themes of corporality, movement, and weight(lessness). In 2018 she worked as artist-in-residence at the European Ceramic Work Center (EKWC) in Oisterwijk, the Netherlands.


Taking Off. Henry my Neighbor, her most recent artist’s book, was published in 2015 with Art Paper Editions to international acclaim. The book was awarded an honorary appreciation at the Leipzig Book Fair (Best Book Design from all over the World, 2016), won the Author Book Award at Les Rencontres d’Arles (2016) and has been included in the selection for Best Book Designs from the Netherlands and Flanders (2015). Wessels’ works and artist’s books have been collected by museums, libraries and private collectors worldwide, among them the Centre Pompidou (Paris), ICP and MoMA (New York), Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Munich), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Fotomuseum Antwerp (Belgium), and the Verbeke Foundation (Belgium).
 
 
 

FAD Magazine

FAD Magazine

February 9, 2019
'Picks From Art Rotterdam 2019'

Galleryviewer / Kunstmeisjes

Galleryviewer / Kunstmeisjes

February 8, 2019
'De Kunstmeisjes tippen de vijf beste presentaties op Art Rotterdam'

Galleryviewer

Galleryviewer

February 8, 2019
'Arising from the Ground – Mariken Wessels'

NRC Handelsblad

NRC Handelsblad

February 7, 2019
'Kleiner Art Rotterdam is beste editie in jaren'

ICP

ICP

January 26, 2018
'Anybody’s image could become everybody’s image: an interview with Mariken Wessels'

Canvas

Canvas

October 4, 2016
'de canvasconnectie - Mariken Wessels'

New Dawn Paper

New Dawn Paper

October 26, 2015
'Mariken Wessels - Taking off'

We Like Art!

We Like Art!

July 3, 2015
'Over Mariken Wessels'

We Like Art!

We Like Art!

July 3, 2015
'Mariken Wessels vertelt over Taking Off, Henry my neighbor | deel 1'

We Like Art!

We Like Art!

July 3, 2015
'Mariken Wessels vertelt over Taking Off, Henry my neighbor | deel 2'

1000 Words

1000 Words

Date unknown
'Mariken Wessels Taking Off. Henry My Neighbor APE Editions'

Mariken Wessels

'Arising from the Ground'

Sat 14 Mar 2020 - Sat 25 Apr 2020


Soloshow
The Ravestijn Gallery

Art Rotterdam 2019

Mariken Wessels

Thu 7 Feb 2019 - Sun 10 Feb 2019


Art Fair
Rotterdam (NL)

Mariken Wessels

'Taking Off' 2015

Mariken Wessels

'Femina Ludens' 2017