Florence Marceau-Lafleur

Since I started studying art, I have spent thousands of hours working as an art model. This is not properly the subject of my work, but I gradually got aware of the weight of these hours, their influence on what I see, how I think, my way of being in the world, and thus on the images I make.

My point of view is not that of an objectified woman claiming the status of a subject. Rather, it is that of a thing among other things. Completely still, I feel one with an inanimate world, and believe in its interiority. Words as ‘objects’ or ‘subjects’ are of no relevance here. Instead, I decide to take inanimate things as equals, and to assume different viewpoints as an artist.

I make images I feel sympathy with, however different they are from the human form. These pictures are based on collections encompassing anything I can relate with: cuttlebones, bog bodies, shells, religious pictures. I recently took over my mother’s collection of my milk teeth. All these things tend to feel closer to me than the images of me produced in the life class. Irrespective of the size of the things they are based on, all my works are scaled to my own bodily surface, or volume. As such, they verge on becoming self-portraits.

In short, what I wish to transmit is a continuity to the material world, where attempts to mastery change into a more empathetic and reciprocal relation to things. Rather than modifying the world, I want the world to modify me.




2014 - 2018
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Royal Academy of Arts (KABK – The Hague, The Netherlands)

2007 - 2013
Research Master Arts and Media (History, aesthetics and sociology of cultural projects), speciality Museology, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, cum laude


Die Wahlverwantschaften, De Vishal, Haarlem
Open studio @ Ligne Claire, Haarlem
Nultijd, Stichting De Tijd, Haarlem
Kunstlijn, Kunst Centrum, Haarlem
Pop-up show, Houtrustkerk, The Hague

KoMASK European Masters Salon Painting 2018, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp
Lichting 2018, Galerie Wit, Wageningen
OYO 2, HKK, The Hague
Impressed, Kadmium, Delft
KABK 2018, Pulchri, The Hague
Graduation festival, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague

Nokia’s Tag Line, Mooof, The Hague
(Dis)order, The Grey Space in the Middle, The Hague

Masterclass Marcel van Eeden and Barbara Seiler, Gallery of the Royal Academy, The Hague
Why look at animals?, Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague

Schapenschilders, Noord-Veluws Museum, Nunspeet

Awards and nominations:

Royal Academy Bachelor Thesis Award (nomination)
Buning Brongers Prijzen (nomination)
KoMASK Painting Award (nomination)


- Artworks in: Extaze nr.31 ‘De eeuw van Gisèle’, The Hague, September 2019
- featured in: KoMASK Master Salon Painting Catalog, Royal Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts, Antwerp, 2018
- featured in: Graduation Festival Catalog, KABK, The Hague, 2018
- featured in: Nokia’s Tag Line, exhibition companion, KABK, The Hague, 2017




Leidsestraat 53 ZW 2013 XG Haarlem
Florence Marceau-Lafleur


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