Photo: André Smits. From his series Artist In The World, 2014
Photo: Hein Verwer, 2011
Magdeleen lives in Wilhelminadorp, a small village in the province of Zeeland, together with her husband and child. Her studio is in Middelburg.
After a few years of studying general linguistics and English at Utrecht University, she began her studies of the fine arts in 1996 at the Academy of Fine Arts & Design in Den Bosch. In 1998 she continued her studies at the Academy St. Joost in Breda.
She has been working as a professional artist since 2000, and has since shown her work in several group shows as well as in a number of solo-shows.
As multi-faceted and free as one's dreams can be, that's how Magdeleen works. And although her works seem fairly accessible at first sight, like dreams, they are just as elusive, causing wonder in the viewer, and inviting them to look closer and ponder their meaning.
Magdeleen's sources of inspiration as well as her choice of subjects, vary from abstract ways of presenting colour and sound, to music, dreams, mythology and the human condition.
Magdeleen feels strongly that the idea dictates the type of material, size and technique. Combined with a broad interest in subjects and techniques, this way of thinking has led her to create a multitude of different types of works: site inspired installations, embroidery, painted objects, soundscapes, books; all of these in materials as different as wax, wood, fabric.
She prefers to work with materials that are warm and gentle to the touch. Besides these, light and sound (mostly her own voice) are never far behind.
She often combines her techniques and genres into new forms; in 2014 and 2015 she blended performance art with song and theatre, presenting herself as Fortune Singer Aiuóla, improvising a new song for each visitor who came to see her in her caravan.
With much of her inspiration coming from dreams, it is no wonder that Magdeleen also followed intensive training in the art of dreaming, and became a certified dream teacher in 2017. More about her work as a dream guide can be found on her (Dutch only) website: www.dedroomkamer.com
She is also a professional voice-over. Find her demos and more on her Dutch website (and a small English sample too): www.magdeleen.nl