Marlou Rutten is an artist and designer based in Amsterdam. She developed her interests during the bachelor's degree in Product Design at ArtEZ in Arnhem, where she graduated in 2017. Since then she has developed a coherent body of work characterized by autonomous products and objects.
Marlou explores the tactile value of the invisible that goes unnoticed by our senses. By creating objects that translate and register natural phenomena in unconventional ways, she tries to broaden the experience of our sensory perception. There is an inseparable relation between her work and the context in which it is experienced. Marlou's work exists, creates, and becomes redefined by its actual surrounding. Characteristic of her work is the refined aesthetics, the poetic value and the same rigorous attention to shape, material and color.
As a designer she is interested in the dialog between craft, industry, object and user. She further developed her position as a designer during her work experiences at Studio Formafantasma and Aldo Bakker. She has gained knowledge of both industrial and craft processes and acquired an interdisciplinary work approach.