Mandersloot's first portfolio book covers public artworks, exhibitions, commissioned pieces and exceptional works from public and private collections.
With the sculptures of Dutch artist Marjolijn Mandersloot, we find ourselves in pleasant company. Recognisable human and animal shapes are an important source of inspiration in Mandersloot’s work, mainly serving as a metaphor. Rabbits, donkeys, dogs and bears are formed in a humorous response to the malleable world of this moment. Every sculpture seems to possess a fabulous acting talent – body poses and material expression are used to create unique characters which often elicit poignant emotions in onlookers. The omission of detail, expanding proportions or the focus on specific parts of the sculpture leads to a pleasant confusion and often even a smile.
Ambiguity suppresses narrative recognition and invites a new interpretation, with the sculptures’ surprising tactility seducing viewers to explore the borders between imagination and reality. This new book of Mandersloot’s work presents her latest projects, including her recent collaborations with the luxury fashion house Hermès of Paris.
This book will be launched at the opening of a solo exhibition of her work at the Jan van Hoof Galerie in ‘s Hertogenbosch. The exhibition will run from 12 January till 16 February 2014.
About Marjolijn Mandersloot
Marjolijn Mandersloot’s prevailing ideal of physical beauty inspires a constant examination of a world of cute creatures. By means of ambiguous material choices – plastic, leather, rubber, textile or foam insulation – she encourages us to think about our own identity through installations that have soft touches mingled with robust bronze or polished aluminium.