Marika Vandekraats (b. 1994) is a visual artist currently based in her home city of Vancouver. She previously lived in Rotterdam, NL, where she began experimentation into performances and site-specific based work. Her work focuses on the human personalities given to non-human elements in life. Under certain situations, an object or material is expected to act a certain way. She pushes this expectation until it exhausts it’s function or begins to produce something anew. Through assemblage, Vandekraats questions the purpose of objects and pushes them in directions where they start to become capable of new service. In this act, the work begins to present personalities, revealing struggles when presented with new tasks. Marika Vandekraats received her BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2016 and currently works at the James Black Gallery.