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Jolien van Schagen

MA work

Bread is life

“We are soft bodies and we are eating them too” (2017) is a collaboration of Jolien van Schagen & Sinead O’Dwyer, where they explore their relationship to their bodies through food, object & performance in a series of experiments recorded on film.

The process of creation – the physical liberation & personal transformation through movement and exchange – is more important than the eventual end and its possible consequences.

The experiments are a response to van Schagen’s earlier series of dinner happenings “All That Goes It All Becomes”, that merges the elements of food, crafted objects and guests into a moving still-life. It consists of a large table in which to intertwine people, objects, substances & materials. The happenings are a gathering and a space to connect & exchange personally and collectively. 

“Crumple, drape, erase” (2017) is part of a series of body casts where I map the physical as well as my physical perception of the body as felt from within, as a means of affirmation and an attempt to understand it.



  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Textiles, 2017



  • My work is the result of a studio based practice in which I attempt to reconcile the interplay between three key elements: the subjective self, the physical body & the material process. I’m intrigued by the different roles, characters and personas of the self. Being the subject & object, maker & material of my work, there is a continuous exchange.

    I’m interested in the interaction of the domestic, everyday & the surreal. The deformed, flesh, sensuality, excess, remains and transitoriness, are recurring elements.

    The physical act and language of cooking and making are important feeders in my work. I work across various mediums – including (life) casting, weaving, cooking & film – producing happenings, installation, sculpture, objects & domestic textiles.

  • Degrees

  • BA Fashion&Textiles, Royal Academy of Art of The Hague, 2011
  • Exhibitions

  • Royal Academy of Art, Salone del Mobile, Milan 2011; Royal Academy of Art, Salone del Mobile, Milan 2010; K A B K --> ZL (RE)FOUNDED, Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg, The Netherlands 2010
  • Publications

  • Arts Thread, issue #5, 2012, 1 page; Elle Decor Japan, August issue, 2012, 1 page; Casa Japan, August issue, 2012, 1 page; Weven, November issue, 2011, 2 pages; Textiel Plus, Winter 2011, 1 page; Addax Textiellab Yearbook, 2010, 1 page; Blend, issue K A B K --> ZL (RE)FOUNDED, 2010, 2 pages