Her artistic practice uses fine art photography and installations to contemplate about our relationship with plants, especially edible plants, at the most intimate level of human society: the admiration, love, destruction or dysfunction. Her last exhibition was "Treasure Island' at National Museum of Singapore, which through an interactive botanical wall and a 24-panel visual artwork titled "Nothing on Earth grows in Heaven, Maybe" explores 88 botanicals inspired by William Farquhar and Nathaniel Wallich, pioneering naturalists from the early colonial days of South and Southeast Asia.
Born in Aarhus, Denmark in 1971, her global journey has taken her from Brazil to Europe to Asia, back to Europe and then back to Asia. Her sense of adventure has paved an unorthodox way through fashion and luxury industries, charity and social entrepreneurship, from modelling over trend forecasting to management consulting for some of the world's biggest food companies before returning full-time to art.
In a past life, she was the embodiment of the restless cosmopolite, with a horizontal network that traversed the entire globe. It came to a point where she found herself stretched too thin, and she knew then that what she had to do was to ground down and discover her roots.
Mamakan was born out of this impulse in 2014. It is a synthesis of "The Mother Provides". How can we grow roots, if we never eat from the soil? By sensing the plants that are rooted in the places we live, we can hope—even if it is only temporary—to internalize their sense of gravity and connectedness.
Mamakan is living in Singapore with her husband of Indonesian/Chinese/Dutch descent and their three children in a shophouse on Niven Road, coincidentally named after the first superintendent of the Singapore Botanical Gardens.
2 Niven Road