Maurice Meewisse

zaterdag, mei 30, 2015, 08:30 PM

2012-2014 One of my old working boots covered in a layer of silver

vrijdag, mei 29, 2015, 11:45 AM
Sculpture by the Sea, Aarhus DK

Diep Gaan, door Lucy in de Lucht, Utrecht NL

maandag, maart 2, 2015, 04:20 PM

Retrospectief is a wagon filled with wood from projects and artworks created over the last eight years.
Presented at De Coöperatieve in Hasselt, Belgium
Curated by Karen Wyckmans
De Coöperatieve

maandag, februari 2, 2015, 04:48 PM

In 2014 I started growing my own handles for several hamers, axes, a pickaxe and a shovels. Several tools have different kinds of wood, from slow growing to quick growing. The tools in the picture is are hanging in a willow, which I hope to harvest in 2016.

woensdag, september 24, 2014, 06:54 PM

Art Villa Garikula in Georgia organizes every year Fest I Nova, a festival for contemporary art. Teams were invited to Fest I Nova to build pavilions. Dirk van Lieshout designed and build the Dutch pavilion. I was asked to make a work around his pavilion. Bivouac is a work that makes it possible for people to actually be around the pavilions, to live there. During the build up and the first days of the festival I created a complete camp and lived there, with places to sleep, work and shit.

The third picture has the work of Dirk van Lieshout in the background.

Bivouac has been supported by CBK Rotterdam.


dinsdag, september 23, 2014, 05:52 PM

In Coding Driftwood I try to reveal some of the mysteries surrounding driftwood. I picked up 30 pieces on the beaches near Hasting and St Leonards in the UK and from the beaches on the Danish westcoast. With a set of branding irons, made out of shovels, I marked them with some data: a number and a place and sometimes the date and my initials. After exhibiting the pieces in The SPACE, St Leonards, I put 20 back into the sea, so somebody can find them on a beach and know where they have been at one point. The other ten I brought home and they can be rented for a period of 25 years after which they must be thrown back in the sea.


zondag, juni 8, 2014, 08:51 AM

The Cheng-Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project in Taiwan was in 2014 focused around the fishing huts in the village. I made a plan to repair one complete hut, spread out over a series of huts and build a folly based on the repairs. I ended up repairing two walls, two roofs, two doors, two windows and one floor spread out over nine different huts. On the pictures is one repaired wall and one repaired window. (at least I repaired the repair done by the owner of the hut)

Cheng-Long Wetlands art project blog

Pictures of the folly can be send on request.

dinsdag, juni 3, 2014, 11:29 AM

Performance i.c.w. Jordy Walker. I chopped down a tree while Jordy played songs inspired by music where working rhytms come together with music. Performed in the garden of Foundation B.A.D. during Kunstweekend Charlois, in Rotterdam

Photography by Janine Schrijver

vrijdag, april 4, 2014, 01:50 PM

Together with the team of Observatorium, Yasser Ballemans, de Urbanisten and Daan Draait we created a new perspective on the Museumpark commissioned by the New Institute.

The pictures show Milk and Fire, a performance around a campfire, about what the Museumpark was, is and might be. This performance is a cooperation with Yasser Ballemans and Daan Draait, the stone 'garden' is a design by Observatorium and de Urbanisten

The photos are made by Fred Ernst.

Yasser Ballemans
De Urbanisten
Het Nieuwe Instituut

vrijdag, september 20, 2013, 08:42 AM

Bål is Danish for bonfire. During Kunsten i Bevægelse I collected wood in three different villages with the use of a little wagon. With this wood I made a big bonfire in each village. I invited the suppliers of wood to come to the fire while I served them self-flavoured-snaps.

This project resulted in a photo serie with seven photos, six with wagons and one with the stack.

Kunsten i Bevægelse

zondag, september 1, 2013, 09:16 AM

Black Green Yellow is a solo project hosted by KuS, Heerlen NL. At a lot of places in Heerlen I put rape-seeds in the ground with the plan to transform the city into a fuel producing city.

Open until the 22nd of September


dinsdag, juli 16, 2013, 12:34 PM

During Oerol, an outdoor theatre/art festival on Terschelling, the Netherlands, I did a performance that lasted 9 days. Every day I used my shovel and wheelbarrow to work on the creation of a ramp. Basically I was building a huge workshop on the beach: throughout history ramps have been used as tools to build big monuments.


dinsdag, juni 4, 2013, 03:38 PM

At Sculpture by the Sea, in Aarhus DK, I presented 'North Sea Driftwood Fence'. A fence made out of driftwood found at the Danish west coast. I collected it and processed it with a chainsaw into timber.

Sculpture by the Sea

zondag, mei 19, 2013, 11:25 AM

'Muurtje' (little wall) presented at the 'Aanschouw', the smallest gallery in the Netherlands. The bricks are made out of clay found in 'Maasland'

de Aanschouw

woensdag, maart 13, 2013, 12:27 PM

Melk, groupshow, Marrum, NL,
Website: Melk

Kunsten i bevaegelse, groupproject, Mid- and West Jutland, Denmark, 1/15 september
Website: Kunsten i bevaegelse

zondag, juli 1, 2012, 12:48 PM

photography by Fieke van Berkom

Solo exhibition at Onomatopee, Eindhoven

Maurice Meewisse keeps iconic archaic, archetype men in mind. He creates living or work conditions for his men. He creates their tools, he digs their holes, stages their labor. His is not research-based artwork, but a performative setting in which he constructs what he imagines life was – or, could have been – like.

Meewisse’s work can be seen as renewed romanticism, one that negates a scientific rational attitude, and favors a subjective, emotion driven course. One that puts the artist in the center of his work and leaves the audience to feel they’ve walked into someone’s private space.


zondag, juli 1, 2012, 12:41 PM

For the first week of september I was invited by 'de Fabriek' to participate in a exhibition around 'Kasteel Heeswijk', orginized by BKKC.

I presented 'the Lion of Heeswijk', inspired by the large amount of stone lions all over the castle. My lion is a faceless sculpture that is made as a monument for the faceless builders of the castle.

Next to the lion I also presented a old canon that I found in a ditch along the field.

De Fabriek

vrijdag, juni 29, 2012, 08:37 AM

Mont Nord is een mountain made of 300m3 sand with on top a viewing platform. During Route du Nord it functioned as a stage, a place for intimate performance and as a viewing tower, and as it turned out, as a playground for children.

During the programming there was always somebody working on maintaining the mountain.

Programmed were the 'Tiroler Plezier Groep', Jordy Walker and Lydia van Veen, A chess tournament, Convoi Exceptional and others.

Route du Nord

with thanks to:
Willem Romijn, sand-supplier
Route du Nord
RSR de Ivorend Toren

dinsdag, juni 12, 2012, 08:05 AM
Secret Gardens at TENT Rotterdam'. Groupshow

from the 5th of april till 10th of june


maandag, april 16, 2012, 11:40 AM

result of Jack 2

Diverse Universe Performance Art Festival May 27 2012
hosted Performance Art Event at Kunst en Complex, Rotterdam

Performance Art Event

donderdag, maart 8, 2012, 09:17 PM

on display at Kop Breda, opening 30th march

Kop Breda

zaterdag, februari 18, 2012, 09:34 PM

performed at the Raw Art Fair
Hosted by Performance Art Event

Raw Art Fair
Performance Art Event

zaterdag, februari 4, 2012, 12:28 PM
On Raw Art Fair I will show one new work and do one performance

on the outside venue I will show 'Shovel Folly' and on the 12th of february I will performe 'Jack' at 15:00, on the first floor, hosted by Performance Art Event

8 february til 12 february 2012

Raw Art Fair
Performance Art Event

donderdag, mei 12, 2011, 10:11 AM
Exhibition in de Bewaerschole together with Nina Boas

de Bewaerschole

Dirt Works:

his Habitat (installation in the attic)

his Toolboard (clay tool covers)

his Work (performance at the opening)

review in the PZC

woensdag, april 6, 2011, 02:00 PM

'Beautiful Arandis', 2011 30cm/40cm
Handmade copy of a picture found on Wikipedia

zaterdag, februari 5, 2011, 05:52 AM

'Sapporo 2, Team Holland - Moving Mountains'

'Sapporo 2, Performance at the Hitsujigaoka Park'

From February 2nd until February 15th 2011. With Kamiel Verschuren, Maurice Bogeart

In 2005, a project was started named Sapporo II, set in the winter landscape of Sapporo. It is the name of an imaginary parallel world, in which the people of Sapporo can rethink themselves and engage in a different reality. It is a project about snow as a means to investigate the possible role of the artistic producers in context of the city and its urban conditions.

As a part of Sapporo 2 we participated in the International Snow Sculpture Competition of the Sapporo Snow Festival, and I did a performance in the Hitsujigaoka Park.

Sapporo 2
Snow Sculpture Competition

maandag, augustus 30, 2010, 05:29 PM

Suitcase for my chainsaw made of the chippings produced by that same saw

Nominated for the Doen-materiaalprijs

vrijdag, augustus 27, 2010, 06:15 PM
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woensdag, augustus 18, 2010, 05:36 PM


26 september 2010 - 24 october 2010

Land Art Biënnale

zaterdag, augustus 14, 2010, 06:28 PM


a new work at the 'Bewegter wind festival' in North Hesse, Germany

Bewegter Wind

zondag, februari 14, 2010, 10:42 AM

We travelled to the woods in the most eastern part of the Netherlands, there I chopped down a lot of trees and Casper Rila made photos. The wood harvested in the forest we took home to produce a variety of construction materials.

the photos are lambda prints, with plexiglass, six pictures 50cm by 50cm, four pictures 70cm bij 70 cm

De Houtwerken (the woodworks) is a project in coorporation with Casper Rila.

from 9th of March til 4th of April 2010

Essay over the woodworks by Lise Sinnbeck

CBK Rotterdam

zaterdag, februari 13, 2010, 09:32 PM

The Chimney from the Fabriek on the Art Pie, Amsterdam

13may-23may 2010

De Fabriek
the Art Pie

maandag, oktober 19, 2009, 06:06 PM

Update #1
The P.A.I.R. is located in 'het Valtherbos', on the edge of a small man-made Dune area. The basic layout is simple: over the length of the area there is a two meter high dune with next to it a 'valley'. Above het working area there are powercables.

My plan is simple: halfway the dune I want to make a artificial dike that stretches into the valley. The sand needed for this oparation I will take from the bottom of the valley where I will dig two big holes.

To make it possible to succeed in the two weeks workingperiod (I need to shift over forty kubic meters of sand) I will make a basic roadnet, of course with pavement, For that purpose I can the surrounding woods.

Yesterday I chopped down my first tree.

Update #2
Solar power sounds great but I lost my faith and I am back to the old fashioned way a generating electricity: burning petrol. Which brings me to explaining something about how this landscape is desiged. I know: DESIGNED......

In the thirties also the Nethelands was a victim to the global crisis. In that time the P.A.I.R. would have overlooked a vast dune area whith here and there some heath. But in all its wishdome the government decided to support local workforce by plantig a forest. This is how 'het Valtherbos' came into existence.

Some time later, I think in the eighties, a powerline had to cross this Forest. With the use of helicopters and caterpillar vehicles they build the support towers and laid the actual cables. Where the cables were suspended the trees had to be removed. The poeple running this forest (yes, in the Netherlands nature is highly organized and planned up till the last twig) tried at the place where I work now to bring some of the former landscape back. This resulted in this minature dune area underneath the powerline, which now transports large quantities of electricity, probably generated by burning stuff.

Update #3
I put my axe to good use. I created almost enough gangways and beams to finish my roadworks. With the gangways on the ground I can easely carry large quantities of sand and brigde the height differences in this minature landscape. The dike is growing slowly but steadyand I think that by the end of this week the two sections with be joined in the middle.

In the infra-scructure there is one part I'm escpecialy fond of. It is a ramp that srarts on groundlevel and reaches by the end a height of almost two meters. I dump the sand from that point down to create a big pile that will develope into the end/beginnig of the dike. It is maid out of a five meter section of a tree, with two flattened sides. Some other beams are used to support it. The hole structure only contains wood and is kept in place by gravity and wedges.

My labor in the coming days will be focussed on shifting sand, sand and sand.

Update #4
During todays digging I found a big rock. This rock has travelled during the ice-age with a glacier from sweden and was left behind when the ice disappaered. I reached historic ground today... But that is not completly correct: I reached prehistoric ground.

The proof of that is not only my big rock. I say my big rock, because tomorrow I will carve a big M in it. In the neighboorhood, only four hundred meters away there are the remainings of a prehistoric society: the funnelbeaker culture. They used lots of stone that drifted in to make a variety of megalith structures. This specific kind is the hunebed, extremely basic structures: two stones with a big stone on top and this repeated a few times. They are build around five thousand years ago.

From somebody visiting me in the P.A.I.R. I learned another intresting fact. In this forest they found the remainings of a road, from around the same time they constructed the hunebeds. Even though this prehistoric road was nothing more then a footpath it still implies that this area is 'used' over the ages. It has been given a dozen different functions and I am now adding an extra one.

It is also nice to know that I am not ruining a piece of untamed nature but in fact acting in a long tradition. Tomorrow I will lay the stone in the foundation of my dike and cover it with two meters of sand.

Update #5
The two dikes touched eachother today!

Update #6
Finally, the work is done. After the two dikes touched, it took the best of two days to improve them to make them suited for a small footpath. Thankfully I got the help from some people and they were there to join me in the glorious moment when the final wheelbarrows were emptied.

My work is done and earlier this day I left the P.A.I.R. to go back to Rotterdam, back to civilazation. At least that is how it feels but it does no justice to my temporary neighboors. During my work I slowly gathered some faithfull visitors, most of them walking thair dogs for the living area two hundred meters away. Almost every day they came to see how the work was proceding and even two of them offered me to help. Unfortunatly neither of them showed up.

I should tell you something about the lay-out and the intresting features of dike. The basic design is simple: two big holes, five meters wide and thirty meters apart, with in the middle a fourteen meter long and two meter tall dike. The dike stretches between my wooden ramp and the dune. I carried the sand from the two pits over their own routes to their own side of the dike. That also explains the color differnces in the dike: in one pit there was only yellow sand while in the other I found a variety of colors, from white to a rust-brown.

I also realize now that the term 'dike' is not the best way of calling the body of sand created over the last few weeks. It is not meant to protect land against water, it just has the same shape. It would have been much more correct to call it an artificial dune. Which is also nice to use, because the 'artificial' will quickly be left behind because it is too time-consuming to use. And this will also happen with my dune: is will lose its hight and steepness, but it is very likely that in twenty years the shapes still stay visible. Everybody, except the few who witnessed its creation, will think it is a natural dune and has always been there.


donderdag, oktober 8, 2009, 07:52 PM

Post-beaver is a dystopical landscape. It is a glimpse into a future where wild nature has been brought into order. The landscape is a forest where the trees are created in geometrical shapes and arranged in a linear pattern. It is an attempt to control and to economize the wilderness.

But something has crawled in; a new force of nature. A destructive force that reshapes the landscape by its own laws.

solo exposition in 'Spanien 19C'
opening september 12th, 2009
Århus, Denmark

Spanien 19C

review of post beaver

donderdag, oktober 8, 2009, 07:24 PM


project icw. Jordy Walker and Erik van Wesel

De Fabriek, Eindhoven

Dutch design week

maandag, december 8, 2008, 07:43 PM

Concrete is a performance at the 12th of December, 2008 in 'Electron’ , Breda, the Netherlands, hosted by Stichting KOP. During the event I had a huge pile of grounded cocrete. With a shovel and a wheelbarrow did it take me five hours to carry the complete twelve metric tons into the projectspace.

In coorperation with Casper Rila I made a photoserie of this performance

Stichting KOP

maandag, oktober 13, 2008, 08:46 AM

During 'Footprints along a coastline' in Myrthue and Blaavand, Denmark (at the most northern part of the Waddensea), I made several attempts to help the sea conquer land and to help land conquer sea. I did my attempts by making performances that resulted in land-art like interventions in the landscape. The performances evolved during the workingperiod and resulted in a big performance which is documented by Casper Rila. The goal of the photos is to make a document in which physical labour is presented as a cultivated tool.

the photos above are a part of the serie,


donderdag, juni 19, 2008, 05:02 PM

Baäl is made in cooperation with Jordy Walker and Erik van Wesel in 'de Fabriek' Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Baäl is a multimedia installation representing a bolt of lightning. It is a direct follow up for 'Sint Elmo'

Photography by Peter Cox

dinsdag, maart 11, 2008, 09:19 AM

Atlas is a three-hour long performance carried out in 'de Fabriek' Eindhoven, the Netherlands. In the basement underneath the exhibitionfloor I relieved one of the pilars from its bearing funtion. I did that by cutting away the concrete with a stonechisel and a hammer. I took over the bearing function by placing a lot of support beams.

Photography by Casper Rila

dinsdag, maart 4, 2008, 11:11 AM

Sint Elmo is a cooperation between Jordy Walker, Erik van Wesel and Maurice Meewisse
During the openmuseum night in Rotterdam we used all the lights from the stockroom in TENT. The lamps are connected to a series of modules which make the lamps flicker at random. This resulted in a simulation of the saint elmsfire

Photography by Casper Rila

short video

zondag, december 9, 2007, 06:08 PM

Evolution de l’art is a gallery for imaginary art. During the opening of the Dutch annex in 'Het Blauwe Huis' Amsterdam, I searched for mineral resources. Based upon the devastating open-pit mining projects in Brasil I hoped to find minerals on this manmade island. I couldn't find any.
In cooperation with Casper Rila it resulted in a short photo-documentary.

Photography by Casper Rila
duration 2.5 hours
4 photos, 30cm by 45cm

evolution d'el

maandag, december 3, 2007, 04:52 PM

Installation as a result of the performance 'Lumberjack'
16th of November 2007 in 'Spam' Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Photography by Casper Rila
steel and wood, 1m50 by 1m by 1m

zaterdag, december 1, 2007, 12:27 PM
My work is focused around two main themes:
Physical labour is disappearing and with it also the image of the ‘hard labourer’. In my work I am looking for the heroic portrayal of man that is willing to sacrifice himself out of a necessity.
I am also trying to find a definition for a currently relevant perception of nature. This perception is based on the harmful effects inflicted on each other. On one side there is mankind trying to control the wild nature and on the other side nature leaving its mark on our cultivated surroundings.
I work out those themes by developing performances.

donderdag, juni 28, 2007, 06:29 PM

During 'Artic PicNic', een art festival in 'Zeeland' the Netherlands, did I take people sailing. I took each time two passengers and gave them green army ponchos. After 15minutes of rowing upstream did we reach the location where I placed a rain making installation. I held the boat for some time steady under the rain until the rain had time to make a real impact. After that did I row quickly downstream, back to the normal world.

zondag, juni 24, 2007, 07:33 PM

Performance icw Dirk van Lieshout at the 'conclub'

dinsdag, mei 29, 2007, 01:30 PM

De dodo is uitgestorven,
robots zijn zielloze wezens,
dieren in de dierentuin zijn gek
en bomen zijn van hout.

the dodo became extinct
robots are soulless creatures
animals in the zoo are crazy
and trees are made from wood

donderdag, april 19, 2007, 09:30 AM

wood, lead, 60cm by 40cm by 40 cm

dinsdag, december 5, 2006, 10:29 AM

details of the installation

dinsdag, december 5, 2006, 10:26 AM

wood, gaffer tape, 80cm by 70cm by 60cm

dinsdag, december 5, 2006, 10:24 AM

presentatie in de Rotterdamse schouwburg tijdens motel mozaique 2006 waarbij de kist rondjes rijdt, lamp flikkert en de booom staat

dinsdag, december 5, 2006, 10:23 AM

performance ism Jordy Walker tijdens 'Off_Corso off the road show'

zondag, december 3, 2006, 01:34 PM

vrijdag, december 1, 2006, 10:17 AM


vrijdag, december 1, 2006, 10:16 AM


vrijdag, december 1, 2006, 10:13 AM -


vrijdag, december 1, 2006, 10:12 AM

in samenwerking met Casper Rila en Jordy Walker
kunstvlaai 2004, stand 'planet art'

vrijdag, december 1, 2006, 10:11 AM -


vrijdag, december 1, 2006, 10:09 AM -


dinsdag, april 18, 2006, 10:06 AM

Ductum is a (functioning) caterpillar on top of a viaduct, presented in a room just big enough for the work. The construction is made in such a way that it appears to be unstable.

made out of wood, 3m by 1m by 2m
Photography by Casper Rila

woensdag, maart 22, 2006, 06:09 PM
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