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Mariska Koolen

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  • I approach my practice as a game, a game that has a logical structure but slides beyond its own boundaries. Through mark making, abstract shapes, use of scale and primary colours, I try to create playful yet violent dialogues. An ongoing conversation that revolves around abstraction, inversion, symbolism, narrative function, anxiety and faith. This has led me to a practice that involves rules making and risks taking. The rules that I create are not merely rules that come to the fore through visual work, but are rules that immediately make the audience move. Rules that are activated when interaction with my art takes place. 

  • Previous degrees

  • Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Fine Arts & Design, Amsterdam (NL) 2012-2016 (BA); University of Amsterdam, Philosophy (metaphysics), Amsterdam (NL)
  • Exhibitions

  • 16-19 05 2019 Platforms Project, Tart gallery (Zurich), Athens (GR); 22 03 2019 Abraham, his director Mariska and his guests, (event nr. 2), Cambridge House, London (UK); 14/02 - 15/02 2019 Cross My Heart, group show, Sculpture Court, Edinburgh (SCO); 25/01 2019 Abraham, his director Mariska and his guests, (event nr 1), Cambridge House, London (UK); 11 2018 Parfum Varken, commissioned work for artist Cathalijne Smulders, presentation at Museum Bommel van Dam / Circular Art Lab Limburg (NL); 30/05-01/06 2018 Supercult, group show, Hockney Gallery, London (UK); 19/01-21/01 2018 Work in Progress Show, group show, Royal College of Art, London (UK); 07/06-15/06 2017 Ambiguity, group show, No Studio, Amsterdam (NL); 15/12 2016-15/02 2017 Breehornstraat 113, solo show, self-initiated project in a two floor apartment, Amsterdam (NL); 27/12-30/12 2016 This Art Fair, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam (NL); 16/12-18/12 2016 Textures of Taste, solo show, Paleis van Mieris, Amsterdam (NL); 05/10-09/10 2016 Dirty Daisies, Art The Hague, Den Haag (NL)
  • Funding

  • 2018 Distinction for dissertation THREE-SEATER, MA Sculpture, Royal College of Art 2018 Hendrik Muller Fonds (NL) 2017 Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds (NL) 2017 Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst (NL) 2017 VSB Fonds (NL) 2016/2017 Sponsorship Mosa, tile manufactu
Royal College of Art