Liselot van der Heijden makes installations, videos, objects, and photographs. Control and power of the gaze, the objectification of the other, and nature as a cultural construct and anthropomorphic projection are recurring themes in her work. In all her projects, Van der Heijden subtly but forcefully builds the case that representations of nature reveal more about cultural, ideological, political, and social frameworks than about nature itself.
Van der Heijden grew up in The Netherlands and came to New York in 1988 to study at the Cooper Union, where her mentor was Hans Haacke; she went on to earn her MFA from Hunter College. She had her first solo exhibition at Momenta Art in 1996. Since then van der Heijden has exhibited widely at galleries and institutions throughout the US and Europe, including the Smart Project Space in Amsterdam, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, and the New Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and Exit Art in New York. Van der Heijden is a studio member at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. She has been a fellow at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation and has had numerous residencies at the Experimental Television Center. She has received grants from the Dutch Consulate, the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, and the Experimental Television Center.