The practice of Nel Aerts (1987, Belgium) is not limited to one medium. Although the emphasis seems to be on painting, her work includes collages, drawings, sculptures and textiles, as well as animations, videos and performances. Her distinctly figurative work is often populated by tragicomic figures rendered in simple lines and blocks of colour. They function as masks that the artist intentionally uses to reveal or precisely to conceal her own person. In The Waddle Show; a counteract curated by Valerie Verhack at M Leuven, these clownesque figures become the audience of a theatrical stage on which Nel Aerts presents a new series of stacked sculptures. They form a fragile parade of objects that are suggestive of a process of risk-taking and possible failure.
On the occasion of this exhibition, M and Triangle Books are publishing Aerts’ first monograph, an overview of ten years of painting: Nel Aerts. The Wanderer Paintings.
Nel Aerts had numerous solo and group exhibitions in Belgium and abroad, including Westfälischer Kunstverein Münster, Kunsthalle Lingen, Warande Turnhout, Horizont Gallery Budapest, M HKA Antwerp, AstrupFearnley Museum Oslo, and Aargauer Kunsthaus Aarau.