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Top artist’s new medium – milk bottles!

Madelon Vriesendorp is waiting to show her lockdown creations

19 April, 2021

Madelon Vriesendorp with her lockdown creations

MADELON Vriesendorp has had exhibitions all over the world, from the Museum of Modern Art in New York to the Venice Biennale in Italy.

But her latest body of work – the product of weeks and months of lockdown – is waiting to be seen at home.

The celebrated Dutch artist, who has lived in Canfield Gardens in West Hampstead for 45 years, has spent much of the lockdown creating a magical menagerie of animals and monsters out of empty plastic milk bottles.

She told the New Journal: “My latest – it’s a horrible creation – is a monster fish. I love that. They are all taking over my flat now. I don’t need nightmares when these are all here. And anyway, my nightmares are about very boring things, like cleaning the windows or doing the shopping.”

Ms Vriesendorp, known as Maddie, said: “When the Saatchi Gallery was still here in Boundary Road [1985-2003] they had an exhibition of African art. There were a lot of jerry cans, with faces. A jerry can looks like a face already, and I could see you could do something similar in plastic bottles. That’s where I got the idea.”

In 2018, Ms Vriesendorp was recognised with the Ada Louise Huxtable Prize for her contributions to the architectural industry.

Best known for her paintings, she co-founded the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in 1975 before focusing on the design of costumes, objects, illustrations, exhibitions and short stories.


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