Marloes Staal is a visual artist from the Netherlands, with a BA in Fine Art (Sculpture) at the AKI-Artez University of the Arts in Enschede, and a one year post-graduate course at the Bcademie in Rotterdam. Her work consists mainly of sculptures based on our mental and physical relationship with the environment, rooted in architecture, ecology, anthropology and craftsmanship.

Due to her research into different landscapes she traveled extensively and has been working at artist in residences in Scotland, Berlin, and Leipzig with a governmental stipend. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, in both solo and group shows, as well as international Art Fairs in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, and Athens, and her work is part of both private and public collections (Rabobank, Bcademie, Provincie Overijssel) She has worked with commissions for the government and in collaborations, making works for public space as well as private assignments.

Besides her divers art-practice, she is a founding member and has been a curator for several years at the The Robson ateliers, organizing both events and exhibitions, and has worked as a both a teacher and as an assistant at building up exhibitions at several art-spaces and museums.

Artist Statement

My work consists mainly of sculptures and photography, through which I investigate the dynamic relationship between human beings and their surroundings.

There is a constant interaction between ourselves and the world around us; our lives are largely shaped by our environment, while at the same time we shape and construct our surroundings on the basis of our needs and cultural ideals. I relate to this ever-changing relationship between forming and at the same time being formed, by exploring both natural and man-made landscapes, investigating the material and the metaphorical meaning of a place.

My sculptural work is figurative but abstracted, based on archetypal elements of the landscape and often relating to the human body, through which I investigate both the literal and figurative meaning of the human dimension in our surroundings.

I use a wide variety of commonly used materials such as ceramics, textile, and concrete, examining their materiality and the significance of these materials in everyday life and their broader influence in the world. By using these materials, my sculptures are often labor-intensive and time-consuming to make, a process in which I’m constantly trying to learn from old craftsmanship as well as new techniques.