Marjolein Witte (Eindhoven, 1979) is a Dutch painter, installation artist, writer, teacher and social worker, who explores territoriality, home feeling, place and identity in her work. She lives and works in Utrecht since 1998, where she studied Fine Art at the University of the Arts Utrecht (HKU). She is best known for her big angular sculptures and installations with bright colours and geometric patterns. In Witte’s latest works she researches personal and collective narratives by combining constructions with ceramic elements, processed plants and text. She tries to fire a dialogue between the geometric abstraction, the playful figuration and words.
In our daily lives we strive to conquer our place in the world, both as individuals and as part of a collective. This quest unfolds through a multitude of actions, both subtle and grand. Taking up space involves embracing our authentic selves, experiencing safety, presenting ourselves to the world, and influencing our environment. I explore the visual and tangible constructions of architecture, public spaces, the natural world and human behavior. Using color and patterns, architectural constructions, textual and ceramic elements, I attempt to unravel the intricate connections between physical space, experience and the human psyche. Sometimes the location or thematic focus is crucial in shaping and determining the narrative and aesthetic direction of my works.