Maria Pask

Kunstinstituut Melly (5 Nov. – 5 Dec. 2021)

The notion of reciprocity is central to Maria Pask’s current artistic practice. The artist creates collaborative scenarios through which to examine themes of collective creativity, empowerment, and community service. Whether performance or installation, each of her works come to be shaped by shared experience, through which to foster an openness to difference and change.

In the exhibition Zandra Rhodes’ Bedroom; A Room to Read Auden at Kunstinstituut Melly (5 Nov. – 5 Dec. 2021) the artist furthers her exploration into the fashion and textile designer Zandra Rhodes, specifically, her bedroom. Adorned head-to-toe in the designer’s own creations —from furniture and prints, to the cushions and wallpaper— Pask regards Rhodes’ bedroom as an ideal space of retreat. One conducive to reflecting on old loves and to dream of future relationships, processed and imagined through acts of drawing, painting, and printmaking. In this exhibition, Pask emulates Rhodes by creation of her own retreat, complete with fabrics by the meter, flower displays, paintings, and a bed linen range. Further to works created by the artist, are the hand-made tapestry bookmarks and film-star tapestry cushions created by Paul Wilkinson, an adult who Pask parents.

Different to Rhodes, however, everything on display is for sale. The funds of which will be donated to a Netherlands-based organisation St. Helena Cuckoo, providing living assistance to older adults. In doing so, Pask sets out to reflect on the relegation of craft and amateur creation methods, as well as their makers, to a lower value status than other types of artistic practice and production. While, in turn, wishing to instrumentalise the commercial aspect of art-making in order to supply funds for work here unseen.

About the artist

Maria Pask is an Amsterdam-based artist. Her recent projects are centered on working as an artist in a service-based role within local communities in Amsterdam.

Pask has performed and exhibited internationally at a.o. Museum of Modern Art, Oxford; Athens Biennial; White Columns, New York; W139, Amsterdam; Münster Skulpture Project; If I Can’t Dance I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, Amsterdam; Frankfurter Kunstverein; BAK, Utrecht; De Appel, Amsterdam, and Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana.