Malou van der Molen explores the interaction between restrictions and freedom, and how this relates to the physical and the spiritual. She is fascinated and frustrated by a hurried world that is becoming more and more uniform because of globalization and market forces. We seem to adjust, but in fact the ties to our bodies, our surroundings and others are severed. To reconnect to the context she finds herself in, Van der Molen works with elements from her surroundings – often materials or objects that are overlooked because they are so intertwined with everyday life – and transforms them into new surfaces. The act of collecting and creating is as significant as the work itself.
She graduated at the Textile department at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 2013. After that she continued working on her projects and got a grand from the Mondriaan Fund for young talent in 2014. She showed her work at Art Rotterdam Prospects & Concepts 2016, Gallery S1, Zone2Source and the Dutch Design Week 2016.
Nearly every inch of our world has been explored and claimed. Mankind is investigating mining the Moon and living on Mars. What would it feel like to enter an entirely different universe, where we don’t belong?
In the beginning.
There was fire. Burning the material of her own clothing became a kind of ritual. The flames were hypnotizing. From the ashes she made ink. A transformation of material that allowed her to create new landscapes and surfaces, an uninhabited galaxy. This work was painted with the ashes of her burnt clothes, mixed with various media.www.malouvandermolen.com