Machteld Aardse (1972) is an independent artist based in Amsterdam. She works with a variety of media, including drawing, video and performance. She goes out looking for the confrontation with her subject. In her case, the artist is never merely a spectator, but always a participant in what is going on in a place. She is intrigued by the different views on the world with their specific connections and short-circuits.
After receiving her Masters Degree in Art History at the University of Amsterdam, she completed a BFA in Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and an MFA in Public Art at the Dutch Art Institute in Enschede ( now based in Arnhem). Her work is mostly executed in the public domain and has been exhibited at a variety of places, such as at De Nederlandsche Bank, The New York Island Festival, the Scheltema complex in Leiden, the Stedelijk/W139 basement in Amsterdam and the Women's Art Festival in Aleppo Syria.
Follow Machteld's "Life after DAI" through http://machteldaardse.nl
Learn more about Machteld Aards's publication On Samar for DAI in 2007