“My work is like a time machine; I like to play with structures from the past and bring them into the present.”
Ten years ago, in 2009, Dutch artist Marie Cecile Thijs rattled the contemporary art world with her White Collar series, works from which are now included in museums around the world including the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum.
Working as both a portrait and still-life photographer, over the past 2 decades Thijs has created multiple series in her signature style. Appearing both traditional and contemporary, they exude an aura of timelessness.
Throughout her varying series Thijs’ work refers clearly to contemporary issues: in the ‘Food Portraits’ she addresses society’s changing outlook on consumption, organic foods and the general re-appreciation of traditional, local produce.
The ‘Amazon’ series sees the woman as a fierce warrior, autonomous, but also as young and lively, looking into the world with a youthful confidence.
In the most recent work “Green Series” futuristic world mutations have taken place between plants, animals and technique, resulting in an organic symbioses. Marie Cecile Thijs shows us fantastical still-lifes from her imagined reality, a fusion between abstract and figurative elements.
For the upcoming Solo exhibition SmithDavidson Gallery will focus on recent developments in Thijs’ work and on new works by the artist.
Work by Marie Cecile Thijs has been exhibited world wide, including upcoming solo exhibitions in Venice, Italy and Dubai, UAE. Her work is included in public, museum and a wide array of private collections.