Samen schikken is dodelijk

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  • Katrin Brack, Yayoi Kusama, Cindy Sherman
  • Katrin Brack, Yayoi Kusama, Cindy Sherman
  • Katrin Brack, Yayoi Kusama, Cindy Sherman
photography, narcissus
various sizes
This work is the result of the home assignment of the master study Scenography, given by HKU. The assignment was to make a comment inspired by the set designer Katrin Brack. 

Katrin Brack's unusual set designs are both pared down and extravagant at the same time. Theatergoers can find themselves confronted by walls of fog, showers of confetti or flurries of snow. She is one of the most sought-after designers of her kind. 

One of her set designs was made by using strings of lights and mirrors, to transform the space of the theatre , The outcome of this made me think of the infinity mirror rooms by Yayoi Kusama. And by thinking of Kusama, my thoughts wandered off to my favorite work of her: Narcissus garden.
Back in 1966, Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929) first exhibited one of her most iconic works, Narcissus Garden. It was held during the 33rd Venice Biennale near the Italian
pavilion. This work was comprised of 1,500 mirrored plastic orbs which were laid on the ground, out in the open. During the exhibition Kusama, wearing a golden kimono, stood among the orbs and sold them to visitors for two dollars each. This act may raise many questions regarding the work: Is it commercial or high art? A performance or an installation?

As a florist I know that combining narcissus with any other flowers in the vase, make the other flowers die. My name is Madelief which translated to 'Daisy' in English.  So I wanted to create something that combines all these bits of thought, facts, inspiration and simplistic use of material.

Inspired by both these women: Brack and Kusama, I've created this set and made the photo's. This resulted in the work: Samen schikken is dodelijk. The work accidentally references another important female artist: Cindy Sherman and her photographic self-portraits. This is why the final work transforms itself as an ode to the artists, sources and materials that inspire me and my art in 2021. 



Madelief van de Beek

Visual artist and musician.