Marleen Nelen


I grew up in Essen, a little village in the north of Belgium. When I was a child, I loved to wander about the fields, where I made nests of straw, climed into trees and collected snails, slugs and other small creatures. The moor was nearby. I used to read a lot and played the piano and the clarinet. My father was a kind of inventor. At the attic stood a drawing table on which he drew lines and numbers. All these lines gradually changed into machines, like, for example, a copier. When I got home from school my mother waited for me with sweets and lots of affection. I studied Latin-Sciences. A few years after finishing secundary school I graduated at the Academy of Visual Arts in Ghent. After my graduation I decided to stay in Ghent. I love its beautiful buildings, rivers and cosy outdoor cafés. In Ghent you never get bored!

My first publications were short stories and essays which were edited in magazines like ‘Revolver’ and ‘Brakke Hond’. I wrote stories for the satellite-site Working is Healthy, commissioned by the museum of Industry, and I published five youth books and one novel.
The shortstory 'Kiezelstenen' was published in 2010, 'Spook' in 2013, and 'Dief' in 2015.

In 2009 I organised with three photographers an exhibition in the gallery KDK6, entitled 'regarde la vie'. I participated in the exhibition 'Pêle-mêle' in gallery Flinxo in 2010, and in 2012 in 18 Fotografen, 18 Portfolio's, 18 Schuiven, in the same Gallery.
The exhibition 'bomen, arbres, trees' was held in december-january 2014.

copyright portrait: Kurt Van der Elst

update oktober 2016