2000, Anne Wenzel (1972, Schüttorf) has been working on a strong
and distinctive oeuvre of ceramic images and installations that place
her sculptures in a landscape setting, in combination with murals. Her
works occupy an intermediate position between historical tradition and
modernity, and Anne Wenzel consciously chooses a traditional medium:
clay. Her sculptures are often of gigantic size and, in recent years,
are dominated by a fascination with violence: dying stags, fighting
dogs, cars wrecked by bomb attacks and monuments as requiems of heroism.
Anne Wenzel draws heavily on the rich seam of art tradition, but also
collects television images of the tsunami, the Madrid bombings and
photos of Hurricane Katrina. She combines these sources, using her
memory and intuition, into the final working process. These are statues
with a sense of urgency, which respond directly to violence in the
media. Instead of desensitizing, their beauty invites us to contemplate
and reflect on the modern world.
Wenzel studied at the Academy for Visual Arts in Enschede.
had solo shows at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2010),
AKINCI, Amsterdam (2009), Stedelijk Museum Den Bosch (2008),
Kunstevereniging Diepenheim (2007), Buro Leeuwarden (2006), The Agency,
Wenzel participated in group exhibitions at Fondation Ricard, Paris
(2011), Shepparton Art Gallery (award) (2010), Municipal Museum of
Contemporary Art, Ghent (2008) and Museum Boijmans van Beuningen,
Rotterdam (2007). Upcoming: solo presentation at Villa Roth, Germany.