Born 1986 in Haarlem (Netherlands),
lives and works in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Applying notions from the fields of chemistry and physics, Isabelle Andriessen disrupts the distinction between human/ non-human, living/non-living, creating what she describes as “zombie materials”. She makes a new series of sculptures that perform a metamorphosis during the four months of the Biennale, creating an uncanny landscape. The sculptures behave like organisms infected by a strange virus, or like eerie mutants from a hypothetical future; they parasite, perspire, melt, metabolise. These hybrid life forms make up an unsettling and speculative ecosystem that moves beyond control.