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ARTIST STATEMENT 
My art practice revolves around storytelling. Culture, the media, and how we over the years have decided to record and tell our stories; what is worth to be remembered and what remains hidden for those who are willing to try and find out about the other side. This makes my work layered, and often research-based. I have a soft spot for the underdog, criticism of the protagonist and often an obsession with establishing the gray area.

I am a self-proclaimed intersectional feminist and like to experiment with various materials, and forms of performative art. Often starting from myself  but going over into the depths of other women around me.

““From the start of her studies at WdKA, Madelief stood out for the depth and quality of her research and her strong artistic position. Using her experiences from operation in a band and her growing knowledge of both theory and the arts. […] Madelief’s work is always on a unique intersection between the personal and the larger society/history; with a strong reflection on her position as an artist with a unique position in the arts in the wider sense of the term"
(Karin Arink, artist and course leader BA Fine Art at The Willem de Kooning Academy).
2020

Bouquet

oktober 9, 2020

"Cut flowers were considered to be the emblem of vitality and the sign for the fleetingness of time" (Eichhammer, Barbara). The work 'Bouquet' is ins...

2020

fuck. volgens mij doe ik feminisme verkeerd. (graduation work)

juli 17, 2020

Our third Young Master is Madelief van de Beek. “fuck. I think I’m doing feminism wrong” is a lively, humorous take on navigating feminism in 20...

2020

In Dutch we call it a Covid-19 seksmaatje

mei 18, 2020

Self-quarantined work never been this lonely

2019

Het Peperkoekhuis Performance Experiment

mei 18, 2020

Performance experiment around the sculpture: Het Peperkoekhuis

2019

Het Peperkoekhuis

januari 18, 2020

This gingerbread house is a downscaled version of the Willem de Kooning Academy and approaches the role of "a feminine style" in contemporary art. Or ...

2019

Arthallen

augustus 10, 2019

Exposition Arthallen 2019, Foodhallen Rotterdam. Organized by NOW.

2019

And I?

augustus 5, 2019

'And I?' is a product of my time in London. The work is a video on a loop with its character trapped in a spiral.

2019

#havesafesex

april 2, 2019

If Hitler's mother would have used a condom, wouldn't life be better now? A highly inappropriate ad to promote the use of condoms.

2019

Tulpen voor Nicolaes

januari 7, 2019

The work is based on the painting:' The anatomical lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp ', made by Rembrandt in 1632.

2019

Elevate Me

januari 7, 2019

Elevate me, baby, I can’t escape these walls. Innovate me, baby, I live just to get old. Generate me, baby, I can do no more.

2019

You Weight me Down

januari 7, 2019

Live Performance of ‘You Weight me Down’

2018

Perpendicular

januari 7, 2018

‘Perpendicular’ is a live performance that has been made by students from the Willem de Kooning Academy and Codarts during the span of two weeks. This...

2018

#beacat

januari 7, 2018

North Sea Jazz postercompetitie 2018

2018

Expand on Modelling

januari 7, 2018

Expand on mondeling was part of an elective of The Willem de Kooning Academy.

2018

Those Girls play like Men

januari 7, 2018

'Those Girls play like Men' is the title of this series of three posters. On each poster there is a picture of a female ghostwriter in the jazz world....

2018

FOUR MILES

januari 7, 2018


FOUR MILES is a reenactment of the last moments Hannie Schaft lived right before her execution in the dunes of Bloemendaal. This is a collaboration w...

2017

HANNA

januari 7, 2017

"We were a save club midst of an evil and sinful world. It was us against 'the others'. Now I am the other" - Hanna

2017

The North Korean Office of Tourism

januari 7, 2017

The conceptual work: ‘The North Korean office of Tourism’ is a cultural, political approach to start the conversation about deceit and power structure...

2017

Een Schim van de Man die hij was

januari 7, 2017

"A ghost of the man he was" is a portrait of my grandfather and his fight with Parkinson's disease.

2016

The Contra Revolution of Sound

januari 7, 2016

The object is a music device that belongs in a dystopia. It produces music not to be pleasant but to reflect the way you walk, breathe, stand and touc...

2016

Transparency of History

januari 7, 2016

'Transparency of History' is an installation - surrounding a teapot out 1900 - that plays with light, storytelling, and transparency.

2016

NO ARTISTS ALLOWED

januari 5, 2016

NO ARTISTS ALLOWED was the first year exhibition of fine art students at Willem de Kooning Academy in 2016. The work: Transparency of History, was fea...

2019

Het Peperkoekhuis Performance Experiment

mei 18, 2020

Performance experiment around the sculpture: Het Peperkoekhuis

2019

Het Peperkoekhuis

januari 18, 2020

This gingerbread house is a downscaled version of the Willem de Kooning Academy and approaches the role of "a feminine style" in contemporary art. Or ...

2019

Arthallen

augustus 10, 2019

Exposition Arthallen 2019, Foodhallen Rotterdam. Organized by NOW.

2019

And I?

augustus 5, 2019

'And I?' is a product of my time in London. The work is a video on a loop with its character trapped in a spiral.

2019

#havesafesex

april 2, 2019

If Hitler's mother would have used a condom, wouldn't life be better now? A highly inappropriate ad to promote the use of condoms.

2019

Tulpen voor Nicolaes

januari 7, 2019

The work is based on the painting:' The anatomical lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp ', made by Rembrandt in 1632.

2019

Elevate Me

januari 7, 2019

Elevate me, baby, I can’t escape these walls. Innovate me, baby, I live just to get old. Generate me, baby, I can do no more.

2019

You Weight me Down

januari 7, 2019

Live Performance of ‘You Weight me Down’

2018

Perpendicular

januari 7, 2018

‘Perpendicular’ is a live performance that has been made by students from the Willem de Kooning Academy and Codarts during the span of two weeks. This...

2018

#beacat

januari 7, 2018

North Sea Jazz postercompetitie 2018

2018

Expand on Modelling

januari 7, 2018

Expand on mondeling was part of an elective of The Willem de Kooning Academy.

2018

Those Girls play like Men

januari 7, 2018

'Those Girls play like Men' is the title of this series of three posters. On each poster there is a picture of a female ghostwriter in the jazz world....

2018

FOUR MILES

januari 7, 2018


FOUR MILES is a reenactment of the last moments Hannie Schaft lived right before her execution in the dunes of Bloemendaal. This is a collaboration w...

2017

HANNA

januari 7, 2017

"We were a save club midst of an evil and sinful world. It was us against 'the others'. Now I am the other" - Hanna

2017

The North Korean Office of Tourism

januari 7, 2017

The conceptual work: ‘The North Korean office of Tourism’ is a cultural, political approach to start the conversation about deceit and power structure...

2017

Een Schim van de Man die hij was

januari 7, 2017

"A ghost of the man he was" is a portrait of my grandfather and his fight with Parkinson's disease.

2016

The Contra Revolution of Sound

januari 7, 2016

The object is a music device that belongs in a dystopia. It produces music not to be pleasant but to reflect the way you walk, breathe, stand and touc...

2016

Transparency of History

januari 7, 2016

'Transparency of History' is an installation - surrounding a teapot out 1900 - that plays with light, storytelling, and transparency.

2016

NO ARTISTS ALLOWED

januari 5, 2016

NO ARTISTS ALLOWED was the first year exhibition of fine art students at Willem de Kooning Academy in 2016. The work: Transparency of History, was fea...

2019

Het Peperkoekhuis Performance Experiment

mei 18, 2020

Performance experiment around the sculpture: Het Peperkoekhuis

2019

Het Peperkoekhuis

januari 18, 2020

This gingerbread house is a downscaled version of the Willem de Kooning Academy and approaches the role of "a feminine style" in contemporary art. Or ...

2019

Arthallen

augustus 10, 2019

Exposition Arthallen 2019, Foodhallen Rotterdam. Organized by NOW.

2019

And I?

augustus 5, 2019

'And I?' is a product of my time in London. The work is a video on a loop with its character trapped in a spiral.

2019

#havesafesex

april 2, 2019

If Hitler's mother would have used a condom, wouldn't life be better now? A highly inappropriate ad to promote the use of condoms.

2019

Tulpen voor Nicolaes

januari 7, 2019

The work is based on the painting:' The anatomical lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp ', made by Rembrandt in 1632.

2019

Elevate Me

januari 7, 2019

Elevate me, baby, I can’t escape these walls. Innovate me, baby, I live just to get old. Generate me, baby, I can do no more.

2019

You Weight me Down

januari 7, 2019

Live Performance of ‘You Weight me Down’

2018

Perpendicular

januari 7, 2018

‘Perpendicular’ is a live performance that has been made by students from the Willem de Kooning Academy and Codarts during the span of two weeks. This...

2018

#beacat

januari 7, 2018

North Sea Jazz postercompetitie 2018

2018

Expand on Modelling

januari 7, 2018

Expand on mondeling was part of an elective of The Willem de Kooning Academy.

2018

Those Girls play like Men

januari 7, 2018

'Those Girls play like Men' is the title of this series of three posters. On each poster there is a picture of a female ghostwriter in the jazz world....

2018

FOUR MILES

januari 7, 2018


FOUR MILES is a reenactment of the last moments Hannie Schaft lived right before her execution in the dunes of Bloemendaal. This is a collaboration w...

2017

HANNA

januari 7, 2017

"We were a save club midst of an evil and sinful world. It was us against 'the others'. Now I am the other" - Hanna

2017

The North Korean Office of Tourism

januari 7, 2017

The conceptual work: ‘The North Korean office of Tourism’ is a cultural, political approach to start the conversation about deceit and power structure...

2017

Een Schim van de Man die hij was

januari 7, 2017

"A ghost of the man he was" is a portrait of my grandfather and his fight with Parkinson's disease.

2016

The Contra Revolution of Sound

januari 7, 2016

The object is a music device that belongs in a dystopia. It produces music not to be pleasant but to reflect the way you walk, breathe, stand and touc...

2016

Transparency of History

januari 7, 2016

'Transparency of History' is an installation - surrounding a teapot out 1900 - that plays with light, storytelling, and transparency.

2016

NO ARTISTS ALLOWED

januari 5, 2016

NO ARTISTS ALLOWED was the first year exhibition of fine art students at Willem de Kooning Academy in 2016. The work: Transparency of History, was fea...