Dekker received her MFA from Rijksakademie, Amsterdam in 1990 after a BFA in Sculpture from the Academy of Arts St. Joost, Breda (the Netherlands), graduating cum laude. She continued her artistic development in Milan (Italy) at the Artist in Residence la Casa degli Artisti, founded by Luciano Fabro and Hidetoshi Nagasawa.
1989 - 1996: Realization of various art works in the public space, mostly water related.
1990 - 2003: Using embroidery Dekker initiated a series of large scale installations and performances on the themes of waiting and absence, using repetitive motifs, akin to the technique of embroidery. Her works were exhibited in various galleries and museums in the Netherlands and Italy.
1995 - 2010: Two years after the dead of her father Connie started to embroider his child-like drawings, done during the last period of his life. Unable to work in his garden, he used to sit on the couch by the window drawing anything he saw or was thinking of. These delicate and humerous drawings resulted in extensive series of embroideries.
When someone dies, all small things disappear and so do all small memories connected to them... "the big history lies down in books but the small history is very fragile" (Boltanski)
1999 - 2009: During a stay in Tokyo, Connie began to draw her own experiences to make her Japanese friend understand the way she felt about life in Japan. From 2006 she publishes parts of the My Japanese Family diaries on her website.
1999 - 2010: Connie also uses photography and video, originally to document the performances, but later becoming interested in the poetic and narrative quality of the medium. Through the images she returns to the places where she has lived.