Marieke van Enk

Netherlands

Minimalist Contemporary
Minimalist Contemporary

In her work Marieke van Enk captures the memory and atmosphere of times and places that matter to her through drawing and collage, sometimes combining both techniques. As a child Marieke lived in Haïti, Canada and the Netherlands. The differences between these places have made a lasting impression and are a source of inspiration to her. The light, the smells, the way the air feels on your skin, how people organise their surroundings; the many material and intangible things that make a place unique she aims to translate into images. Drawing has always been her primary medium, so when she started making collages the knife inevitably became a new drawing instrument for her. She aims to put the same subtlety, freedom and diversity into the cuts as the marks a pencil would make. She uses the collage technique to play with composition and colour. For each collage, she picks about six large sheets of differently coloured painted paper and starts to cut and compose. The construction of her collages has developed into a free and organic process. Along the way the shape and size of the image grows: certain elements run out of the borders, and she adds and removes strips of paper to balance the size. The tension between the illusion that a work of art can evoke and the material reality of the image is something that intrigues her. Experimenting with this runs like a thread through all her work. In this way she hopes to transport the viewer to another place in the world while looking at the collages. At the same time, bulges, visible glue residues and apparently casually added shapes reveal that the works are "merely" layers of glued and painted pieces of paper. Marieke has a BA in Fine Arts from the Rietveld Academy Amsterdam and a BA in History from De Vrije Universiteit. She currently lives and works in Amsterdam.