Mariken Wessels (NL, 1963) studied at the Theatre School in Amsterdam and has several years of work experience as a stage and television actress. In 2008 she graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and has since worked as a visual artist and photographer. Her work combines installations, sculptures, photography and video. Her first self-published artist book 'Elisabeth - I want to eat -' (2009) was awarded the Silver Medal at the 'Fotografia di Roma' Book Festival. Her second artist book, 'Queen Ann P.S. Belly Cut Off", was published by Alauda Publications and selected as one of the Best Photo Books of 2010 by LeMonde.fr, Joerg Colberg, Photo-eye, Humble Arts Foundation, Shane Lavalette and Cadoc.nl. Her work has been acquired as a part of the collections of the Museum of Modern Art New York(MoMA) and International Center of Photography New York.