Mamakan

Botancial Artist

I'm a Danish-born, New Zealand-based botanical artist. My family name is Oustrup, a village in Himmerland, the home area of the Cimbri tribe that once fought the Romans, 

 

At Velskov ( 'Forest Wellness'), I work with the intersection of Art, Cuisine, and Nature through sensory immersion, often collaborating with other artists, chefs, and people working with ​natural sciences and conservation.

 

Velskov is the name of our native forest in Parau, Auckland ​, where artists, chefs, and scientists create artworks and experiences together with the flora & fauna of Aotearoa. 

 

My lifelong voyage of discovery began in Aarhus, Denmark. Born into a long line of nordic people known for their sense of exploration and curiosity, I identify with the ancient female Scandinavian shamanic Vølve (Volva) traditions.

 

Later in Singapore, I began my practice of botanical art installations that became known for their experiential and sensory qualities, immersing the audience into living the story using visuals, touch, sounds, and scent.

 

One way of describing my art practice would be 'GastroGeography' - the taste of a place. I hope that my sensory artworks and collaborative projects amplify nature and create a sense of belonging and wellbeing.

 

Botanical art is a powerful reminder of our local heritage and connection to nature through plants. Contemporary botanical art designed to create sensory experiences for the audience has the potency to lower stress, connect with the land and regrow our roots.

 

With Q, my ​Indonesian/Dutch ​​partner, and our ​three young​ ​children, my family is growing our roots in the beautiful forests of Waitakere​ ​after years of moving between Denmark, Brazil, Belgium, Hong Kong, Italy, France, and Singapore.

 

Mamakan

Botanical Artist

Born January 1971 in Aarhus, Denmark

Lives and works on a hill in a forest in Parau, Auckland, New Zealand

 

2015  Charcoal Drawing at NAFA Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore

2015-2016  Fine Arts: Figure Drawing, Drawing Using the Right Side of the Brain, Oil Painting at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore

2016:  Art History: Asian Art at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore

2004-2016 Goodwill Ambassador of Copenhagen

 

Selected Exhibitions, Press, and Projects 

 

2022-2025

  • Velskov, Parau, Auckland

 

2021

 

2020 

 

2019

 

2018

  • Participant at the inaugural Holistic Visions Symposium by Le Ciel Foundation, Barcelona, Spain, Nov/Dec.

 

2017

 

2016

  • Forbidden Fruit at Royal Danish Embassy, SIM University, Singapore Management University (SMU), September 2015 to March 2016

 

2015

  • Multaia, (Student Project) NUS Yale, 1-30 September 

 

2013-2015

 

2012

 

2011

 

2010

 

2009-2013

  • Bionomic Age: Qi Global, National Museum of Singapore, School of Art, Design & Media - Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Goodman Arts Centre

 

2009

 

2006-2009

  • Elemental Experience Design. France, Norway, Denmark, Singapore, Thailand, New York.  

 

2001-2005