Maaike Knibbe – Groningen/NL – familiar/unfamiliar – ALTONALE 2017

Artist in Residence for the Altonale 2017


Maaike Knibbe uses both familiar and unfamiliar materials and objects as components for sculptures and spatial interventions. By rearranging and mixing their connotations she creates settings with elements that seem unrelated at first. However, the mind goes looking for a narrative that is evidently there, activating the viewer to improvise and create his or her own story.

“Untitled”, 2016, latex, steel, acryl, dimensions variable, Beelden In Leiden


Maaike uses the process of making as a way of thinking, in which every new decision depends on the previous, creating an outcome that is unforeseen and where space is created for speculation, new streams of thought and possibilities.

Throughout her practice none of her works relate, yet, to the same esthetics, but they are at the core concerned with natural and social structures in which the experience of surroundings plays a key role.

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Soccer, 2013, butter, plaster, rubber
35x37x43 cm, Groningen

2009-2013   BA, FA,  Academy Minerva, Groningen, NL

2017 FRISE/ Künstlerhaus Hamburg e.V.
2016 Kunsthuis Syb, collaboration with Rachel Sellem, Beetsterzwaag, NL
2012 European Exchange Academy, Beelitz Heilstatten, DL

Frans de Wit prijs, 2015

Selected exhibitions
2016 Beelden in Leiden, group show
2016 presentation of the residency in Kunsthuis Syb, a collaboration with Rachel Sellem, Beetsterzwaag
2015 This Art fair for project space zoete-broodjes, Amsterdam
2015 Grensloos kunstverkennen, Drenthe – Overijssel
2015 gradually moving into matter, project space zoete-broodjes, Amsterdam
2015 Beelden in Leiden, group show
2015 Object, Rotterdam
2014 Noord Holland Biennale, group show, Den Helder
2014 Festival der Aa, Schipborg
2014 Object, Rotterdam
2013 All is Giving, group show, Groningen
2013 Hijacking Karma (in a positive way) group show, Oude Kerk, Amsterdam
2013 Porphory in the attic just above the kitchen floor, group show, Den Haag
2013 Graduation show Academie Minerva, Groningen
2013 5 jaar Leerling/Meester project in museum voor hedendaagse kunst de Pont, group, Tilburg
2013  Ooit, group show, GraanSilo, Groningen
2012  Hitherto, group show, Kunstpodium T, Tilburg
2012 Crisis, What Crisis?, European Exchange Academy Beelitz Heilstatten
2012 The Good, The Bad and The Ugly , group show, Groningen
2011 De Nieuwe, group show  Groningen