Linda Molenaar


In her work, Linda Molenaar is in search of finding the balance between wonder and the visceral body, between enchantment and confrontation, between sensuality and discord. Her early works explored the relationship between humans and animals and led to a large body of work of sculptural objects that are painstakingly handcrafted from organic materials and fabricated as autonomous pieces. More recently, these objects are often used in live performances where she embodies an animal and brings to life a new hybrid being. She enjoys playing with folklore and cultural conventions and prefers using natural materials with a past and with which she feels connected as a person, such as leather and hair. Serving as a gateway between our collective reality and her intuitive thoughts, these materials help nurture and stimulate her intimacy with the object. The individual energy of the material is revisited and renewed, going beyond the utilitarian function of being simply sculpting material and bringing out the embraceability of the dead in this way.

As a sculptor in performance art, she merges her physical body into an object. A tension arises, which is emphasized through a lack of action, rather than diversion. A tension through stillness; immensity in the minute. This brings focus to the object and the location. Her aim is to have the public enter meditatively into the work, and create, for themselves, their own story in the still, unhurried atmosphere.

Molenaar is a graduate of the Art Academy in Kampen, Netherlands, where she studied sculpture, and DasArts in Amsterdam, where she studied performance. She completed an internship in Belgium with artist Jan Fabre and has worked at the European Ceramic Work Centre in the Netherlands, at the Opera and Ballet of Amsterdam and is currently teaching at culture departments through The Netherlands. She has had shows in Germany, France, Slovenia, Belgium, Ireland, Scotland, Switzerland and New York and currently works and lives in Amsterdam.

As a sculptor in performance art, she merges her physical body into an object. A tension arises, which is emphasized through a lack of action, rather than diversion. A tension through stillness; immensity in the minute. This brings focus to the object and the location. Her aim is to have the public enter meditatively into the work, and create, for themselves, their own story in the still, unhurried atmosphere.

More information and artworks by Molenaar can be found at linda.molenaar.nu.

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