Lot 60     
Marjan Verstappen

Red Onion
coloured pencil on archival paper
24” x 30”
Estimate $2,300 framed

Courtesy of the artist 

Marjan Verstappen’s art practice encompasses drawing, sculpture, and photography. She adopts botanical illustration and landscape painting as a way of disrupting methods of plant taxonomy and representation. She makes distinct bodies of work, often speculative in nature, exploring concepts of mystery, truth, and plausibility. Created with razor-sharp realism, the viewer’s experience of this drawing is influenced by the industrialized textures and tones created by aluminum packaging. Verstappen’s notable exhibitions include “INSTRUMENTA II” (National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta), “Atlas of Nowhere” (Ashburton Art Gallery, New Zealand), and “Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood” (Art Gallery of Ontario). Verstappen grew up in Aotearoa/New Zealand and moved to Canada in 2012. She currently lives in Toronto.