Mamakan Studio was founded by botanical artist Mamakan in Auckland, New Zealand, in January 2020, sensing a growing need for an online extension of her sensorial museum installations. As a diverse studio team managed by Marrije Wesseling, we create contemporary botanical fine art photography, online viewing rooms and exhibitions in collaboration with curators, collectors, renowned museums and art gallery spaces.
Our vision is to (re)connect people to nature by discovering the beauty of botanicals. The discovery of botanical beauty stimulates our innate and genetically determined relationship with the natural world, known as 'biophilia'. This relationship results in a high level of emotional, mental and physiological well-being. We're on a mission to contribute to people’s well-being by opening hearts and minds for the appreciation of the world of plants.
The crafted fine art photography collection is created in harmony with natural elements with the belief of embracing the sensorial experience. We create crafted works or made-to-order bespoke works in collaboration with our collectors. We work with the finest long lasting materials in flexible constellations and - as something unusual for fine art photography - we don't print editions, preferring the simplicity of original artworks.
We want to build a different type of company that’s focused not only on the bottom line, but also the well-being and personal growth of our clients, partners and team, along the journey. These are the values that collectively guide our decisions and actions:
We believe in the beauty of people and nature and the connection between them.
We strive for real, honest and long-term relationships.
We create original and bespoke artworks, finding and sharing the new, the unseen and the unnoticed.
We love co-creating with curators, galleries, collectors, artists, botanists, chefs, researchers, printers and other interesting people.
We utilize the strengths of each team member, client and partner and inspire each other to grow.
We work with outstanding quality in terms of premium finishings and the craft of creating contemporary botanical art.
We cherish our clients' interests and our loving and supporting studio community.
We value diversity, are committed to equality for all and recognise the contribution of volunteers within our community.
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Discover the Current and Upcoming Exhibitions
Seasons (un)seenAPEC 2021 Native New Zealand Botanicals 1 December 2020 - 1 December 2021 Seasons (un)seen is an art project to be premiered from 2020 to 2021, magnifying the native and seasonal plants of Aotearoa/New Zealand. Since the summer solstice of 2019, Mamakan has been collecting specimens of flowering and fruiting plants for fine art photography, soundscape and bush kai experiments, in collaboration with Auckland Museum.
Wildflowers of LondonResilience 20 June - 20 September 2020 ‘Wildflowers of London' is a botanical art collection drawing attention to resilience, the human capacity to overcome the most grave disasters, injustice and inequality through grace or grime. It asks the question: "Human, weed or wildflower?" and challenges the classifications we use in our daily lives.
Mamakan x Le Ciel Foundation: Wisdom and NatureChristie's, New York and London 1 March 2020 - 1 March 2021 Update: The exhibition opened at Christie’s in New York from 28th February until 4th March 2020. Due to the Coronavirus, the London showing has been postponed. We will keep you updated on the new dates as soon as we know more. Meanwhile, online bidding is open here.