In the Last 12 months, Dutch artist Sabine Marcelis has won awards ranging from the prestigious Design Prize 2019 in the 'Newcomer of the year' category and the Elle Deco International Design award 2019 'Young designer of the year'. It’s the type of year that makes people sit up and take notice, and as a result her work has shared headlines with the likes of Virgil Abloh and Philippe Starck. Now, she's GQ's Men of The Year International Artist award winner, too.
“My vision is always to strive for something very news,” she tells GQ Middle East. “To create work that you haven’t seen before and to push the boundaries of materiality.
“I’m very easily bored and don’t really like to look back to much,” explains Marcelis. “That’s why limited edition pieces and site specific work are my main focus right now. When a unique piece is sold, the next one has to be different. Likewise, when an edition is sold out, I don’t have to continue working on the same thing. It’s liberating – and that’s very important to me. Being able to move on to other projects gives me a real sense of freedom in my work.”
This year, Marcelis also designed and built the GQ Men of The Year awards. Fourteen interlocking individual works of art that work with light, colour, transparency and reflection. “Light is everything,” she says. “Light creates shadows and reflection, light manipulates colour… it’s the ultimate catalyst.”
So how do you follow a year of awards? With something way more important, of course. “As a designer you can work in so many different ways. In mass production, in social humanitarian situations, in luxury, in food and, in a way, I want to do all of that in my lifetime.”
Follow the GQ Men of The Year awards as they happen on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #GQawards and watch this space for the first on all the winners