Amsterdam-based Marjolijn de Wit’s ceramic photographic collage, installation, and painting explores ideas of future archeology, the interpretation of history, and our relationship with nature and the built environment. Her installations use unclassified ceramic pieces resembling artifacts, while her collages utilize found images in combination with raw, glazed, or photo-printed ceramics, and act as inspiration for her paintings. Large in scale, her naturalistic paintings of the small ceramic collages cause the viewer to question what is real, what is photo printed on ceramic, or a painting of a photo, and what is ceramic, or a painting of ceramic. Ultimately, her collaged aesthetic fuses modern and traditional materials to concoct a meta-archeological compendium of our modern world. By providing only pieces of a whole, the artist shifts between historical purveyor and visual trickster, leaving us to imagine not only her conjured histories, but how others will eventually imagine ours.
Marjolijn de Wit was born in the Netherlands, and lives and works in Amsterdam. She graduated from the Academy of Art and Design St. Joost in Breda and was a resident at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam and Sundaymorning@EKWC. Her museum exhibitions include Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA, Weserburg Museum of Modern Art, DE, CODA Museum Apeldoorn, NL, the De Pont Museum, Tillburg, NL, the Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, NL, and the Museum Van Bommel Van Dam, Venlo, NL. She has exhibited widely in the Netherlands, the United States, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Belgium. Solo exhibitions include Galerie Houg, Paris, FR, Otto Zoo Gallery, Milan, IT, Rotterdam Art Fair, NL, and Spinnerei, Leipzig, DE. She earned the 2013 PULSE Prize, a jury-awarded grant, and has been the recipient of the Modriaan Fund, and Amsterdam Fonds Voor de Kunst developing stipend. Her work has been reviewed by Dutch Culture USA, Artinfo, Collector Daily, and Feature Shoot, among others.