Tonie van Marle, visual artist

Nineteenth-century cabinets of rarities are a source of inspiration for my objects in glass cases. I enjoy making imaginary organisms, such as a series of plants, called Blaschkas, assembled from laboratory glass, optical lenses, iridescent glass, organic material and found objects. My work creates optical illusion, is deceptive and humorously refers to nature.

Most recently I created a project called "The Portable Museum", a series of foldable cases with various mini-size prints.

A different theme in my work relates to traumatic historical events that I present in various different projects: cut-out drawings, prints and installations.