2019

Het Peperkoekhuis

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MADELIEF VAN DE BEEK
sculture, photography, video 
MATERIAL
gingerbread, icing, candy. 
Video an photography
SIZE
180 by 70 cm (gingerbread house)
84 by 59 cm photo's
1080p HD, on loop (on Vimeo 00:02:53)
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 more realistically: in domestic art.

The work that one could describe as both 'crafty' and kitsch touches on the notion of higher and lower art and why this (still) seems to be gender-based. 

The gingerbread house photographed and filmed in the boardroom of the academy - an academy named after an artist that only briefly studied there - illustrates the by male and elitist dominated art world further.

The work was made during the minor Critical Studies and is accompanied by a research paper titled: The Craft of making Female Art Kitsch: Why do we tend to exchange one stereotype for another when "rediscovering" female artists. This research was inspired by the essays of Linda Nochlin and the book: Old Mistresses: Women, Art and Ideology (Parker, Rozsika, and Griselda Pollock).

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Madelief van de Beek

Visual artist and musician.