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 like to experiment with various materials, and forms of performative art. Often starting from myself but going over into the depths of others around me. Specifically women that inspire me to be a "feminist in progress".
After my graduation, I started working as a part-time florist and realized the potential in botanical art. How flowers and plants decay, interests my desire to make works that situate themselves in the here and now. There is an underlying urgency when working with materials that have flaws, or end dates. The same goes for situating my work in a place that is momentary (eg site-specific). With my work, I like to create the desire to be reminiscence. To wander off and be remembered how time is fleeting. To rediscover forgotten and overlooked stories, art forms, and points of view.
““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).