MAAIKE BAKKER is visual artist and illustrator working with various drawing, sculpture and installation based mediums as well as digitally with regards to her illustration based work. Bakker’s practice explores limitations imposed by systems or structures and aims to determine at which point such structures may become excessive and irrelevant, ultimately exploring futility. Her work also sets out to introduce a variety of abstract visual languages that start infiltrating each other’s space, disrupting their original expression and developing an abstract dialogue, which takes on a sort of visual broken telephone. Besides creating her own work, Bakker also lectures illustration and is a practicing art curator.
May 2020, Things Behind the Sun, group exhibition, Salon91.
SELECTED PROJECTS & EXHIBITIONS
2019 – Wildflowers, end-of-year group salon in aid of Ilitha Labantu, Salon91. 2018 - Folklore, group exhibition, Salon91. 2017 – Trees Make Forests, group exhibition, Salon91. 2016 - Oracle, group exhibition, Salon91. 2015 – Stellar, group exhibition, Salon91. 2014 – Gravity, group exhibition, Salon91. Joburg, Joburg, Johannesburg Art Gallery. 2013 - Now museum | Now you don’t, solo exhibition, Nirox Project, Johannesburg; Mega Bonanza - Maybe you just have bad taste, Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg; Et al. Nirox Projects, Johannesburg. 2012 - Re-sampled, Absa Gallery, Johannesburg; Hanging Gardens, KKNK; Untitled, Long Street Art Lovers 1972, Pretoria.