Marianne Hendriks (Amsterdam, 1987) graduated in architecture at St.Martins and Chelsea in London. After her studies, she worked at the augmented reality company String, and did art direction for stage design for theatre and events.
In 2015, on a visit to Amsterdam, a big window of a house on the Amstel caught her eye. This window was completely overgrown by a huge pencil cactus squashed against the glass. The very multi-dimensional cactus, in its search for light, had been transformed into a two-dimensional picture on the glass. This inspired her to look at plants and take them out of context, changing the shapes and leaves of plants within her frames, showing her admiration for nature and, at the same time, creating a sense of alienation.
During all of her life, Hendriks has been fascinated with nature and has studied the forms, structure and texture of plants and animals. Her special interest of nature within an urban environment grew. Research remains an important part of her work and strongly influences the development of her paintings.
Marianne designs and constructs her own cradled Bass wood panels with frames made of Meranti hard wood. She is influenced by Rousseau’s simplified paintings of nature and the transformative art of Mondriaan.www.mariannehendriks.com