Elleke Hageman makes what she calls ‘natural artefacts’ – biomorphic structures and assemblages that inhabit a realm between the natural and the constructed. Influenced by her strong personal views on environmentalism – referencing both the interdependency of species and notions of the marvelous – Hageman uses mixed media techniques to create sculptures, collages and jewellery that explore the subjective separation of nature from anthropogenic systems and critique humanity’s often exploitative relationship to the ecological.
Her current explorations reference some of nature’s most fragile and precious ecosystems. Introducing them within the context of art and design, she opens up a juxtaposing narrative between ‘inherent’ preciousness and the often subjective societal systems of value creation. Hageman’s compositions ultimately create deep tensions that speak to society’s subjugation of the natural, as well as the potential for future symbiotic co-existence.
Elleke's work is situated in between different creative fields, she sees borders in between disciplines as a playground with endless possibilities for experimentation. Her mixed media works embrace bold, rich colors and materials that speak to the vigor and vivacity of nature, their often free and curving forms retaining a sense of organic fragility intuitively expressed through formal and material qualities. In her practice focussing on creating little environmental impact she chooses to work with materials and constructions that are durable, ethical and of high quality.
Elleke Hageman is a Dutch artist and designer currently living and working in Melbourne Australia. She has completed a residency at the prestigious Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam and finished a Masters degree in design at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, both in the Netherlands. She has been awarded grants from the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and the Van Bijleveltstichting.