Maria Kley (1981, Tokyo) graduated in fashion design at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts Arnhem, NL. From 2018 to 2019 she was resident at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam.
Kley searches for ways to make interpersonal relationships and experiences tangible. Through a meticulous process she translates people, place, and time into the most appropriate form – be that sculpture, installation, performance, print, or video. In her current practice she materialises connection and affection by actively searching for the thoughts, emotions, and biographies of her close family and friends, as well as of people she merely meets through serendipity. This exchange of both verbalised and unspoken mutual communication then takes physical form in a process that she opens up to participation and external involvement. The resulting tactile works are both intimate and abstract.
Vincent Van Velsen