Raquel Maulwurf, born in Madrid in 1975, studied in Arnheim and is based in Amsterdam.
She has made quite a name for herself with large-scale charcoal drawings, her works are a.o. in the collections of Rijkmuseum Amsterdam, Teylers Museum Haarlem and Stedelijk Museum Schiedam and have been exhibited in over 20 European museums. Her drawings are part of many private and museum collections. In 2017 she had a solo exhibition at Gemeentemuseum The Hague. In 2011 she was artist-in-residence at the prestigious International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York.
For her first solo exhibition at Gallery Martin Mertens, Raquel Maulwurf developed a concept as a continuance of her recent solo exhibition “The Carbon War Room” at Gemeentemuseum The Hague. At our gallery she is showing large-scale charcoal drawings in contrast to very small drawings in “smartphone size”.
While Maulwurf’s previous work dealt with the remnants and destruction of war, her new work captures our world’s chaos when hit by the forces of nature and ecological disasters; exploring the notion of whether nature is striking back at us for polluting its oceans, poisoning its air, burning down forests and turning the ground we walk on into radioactive wasteland.
Making something evocative and beautiful from horrific events, these images, both destructive and monumental, are manipulated in such a way that only the essence of the event remains. The drawings no longer show what we see, but that which we know, making current events tangible, posing the question of why mankind is so eager to destroy.
Drawing on museum board allows the artist to brutalize the surface with sharp objects; depicting violence through violence by scratching, the artist is materializing destruction in both subject and process.