Annï Mertens is a Luxembourgish artist living and working in Utrecht, Netherlands. She grew up in Luxembourg and pursued her studies later on at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten HKU in Utrecht, Netherlands where she graduated in Fine Arts in July 2019.
She is working with a wide range of material such as wood, concrete and ceramics. Saturated and pastel colours are dominating in the installations which provoke the viewer’s imagination to dive into an absurd sculptural landscape.
Nothing is what it seems. She playfully bends, coats and twists materials in such a way that it is hard to distinguish what’s solid and what’s porous, what’s delicate and what’s not. The skeuomorphic objects that make up the installations find common ground in their relationship with the body. These objects situate themselves somewhere between extensions and analogies of the body, playing visual and spatial games as they form a trail, seeking poetic coherence between shape, colour and textures bending and flexing concrete and ceramics while exploring the limits of their material capacities. The inspiration of the play-drive or the play impulse, explains why there are always playful elements coming back in her installations. The intuition plays an important role during her process, so she follows the material and the material follows back. The assemblage of sculptures refer to our journeys which are filled with the unexpected, questioning how we grow throughout these journeys and do we ever outgrow the urge to play?
January 18, 2020 - Jonge Talenten 2019, Group Show, ARTPHY, Groningen NL
February 6, 2020 - OBJECT Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL
May 14, 2020 - TAC, Group Show, Eindhoven, NL
May 20, 2020 - THIS ART FAIR, KROMHOUTHAL, Amsterdam, NL
October 26 - February 2020, VERS BIJ MIJ, Group Show, MUSEUM IJSSELSTEIN, IJsselstein NL
November 24, 2020 - 'Aap wat heb je mooie jongen', Group Show, Amsterdam NL
October 13 - November 10, 2019 - FRESH CACAO, Group Show, CACAO FABRIEK, Helmond NL
October 19, - November 17, 2019 - SCHEPSELS EN CREATUREN, Group Show, KUNSTLIEFDE, Utrecht NL
September 2019 - ERNSTIG GESCHIKT! 2019, Group Show, Studio OMSTAND, Arnhem NL
July 2019- BEST OF GRADUATES 2019, Group Show, Galerie RON MANDOS, Amsterdam NL
June 2019 - HKU EXPOSURE 2019, Graduation Show HKU, Utrecht NL
October 2018 - Mantis Festival - Group Show, Muntgebouw, Utrecht NL
April 2018 - Out of the Blue - Duo Show, TUUB, Utrecht NL
August 2018 - SENSORY - Group Show, RMIT, Melbourne AUS
June 2017 - ZELF - The Space Between - Group Show, MONO, Rotterdam NL