2019

Arthallen

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MADELIEF VAN DE BEEK
exhibition, photography
MATERIAL
resin, chocolate, fruit, and gummy
SIZE
70 by 100
50 by 50 
cm
'Transparency of History' consists of a sculpture of epoxy resin that is an exact copy of my great-grandmother's teapot. Her name was Zwaantje. She and my other great-grandmother: Jannetje, met around 1900 in the orphanage of Huizen. 

During the exhibition of Arthallen by organization NOW, I revisited the work and experimented with the original mold and different edible materials. The gummy and chocolate teapots were never meant to last; time is fleeting and so are stories but what better way to tell a story than throughout food. Arthallen placed in the Foodhallen was a great place to exhibit this thought.

There is little to be found about their life in the orphanage. Due to a fire, all documents about the orphans of that time were lost. The orphanage itself is also no longer in its original condition. In short, only the teapot has survived from Zwaantje's childhood. (you can read more about this on the 'Transparency of History'-page)

Arthallen, Rotterdam
May 2019

During the exhibition the work 'Tulpen voor Nicolaes' was also exhibited.

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Madelief van de Beek

Visual artist and musician.