Mamakan

Artist, Creative Director and Co-Founder

Mamakan is a Danish, Aotearoa New Zealand-based  artist working with art, cuisine and nature.

 

Her current project is to bring out the magic of native botanicals through sensory immersion to diverse audiences in New Zealand and abroad. The project is Arcuna, which stands for Art, Cuisine, and Nature.

 

The first part of the project i​s 'Our Native Kitchen Garden' - a kitchen garden and a collective cookbook of how to cook with the native plants in collaboration with other artists, chefs, and people working ​in​ ​the fields of ​natural sciences and conservation.

 

The second part will be ​setting up and ​building the Arcuna Aotearoa ​gallery, a​ unique ​space where artists, chefs, and naturalists create artworks and experiences together with the flora & fauna of Aotearoa. The gallery space is to open in Parau Auckland in 2025. 


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

Years later, this time in Singapore, she began her art practice of GastroGeography: art + food installations that became known for their experiential and sensorial qualities, immersing the audience into living the story using visuals, touch, sounds, and scent.

 

Mamakan's art practice could best be described as 'GastroGeography' - the taste of a place. Her sensory artworks and collaborative projects aplifiy nature and aims to create a sense of belonging and well-being. 

 

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


With her ​Indonesian/Dutch ​​partner Quinten and their ​three young​ ​children, the family is finally growing their own 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 

 

2021-2025

  • The Gallery of Art, Food and Forests - to be built and opened in Parau, Waitakere.
  • 'Our Native Kitchen Garden'a kitchen garden and a collective cookbook of how to cock with the native plants of  Aotearoa New Zealand.

 

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

 

2001-2005