Mayra Sérgio, Elena Khurtova & Marie Ilse Bourlanges are three visual artists sharing a strong fascination with the conceptual, narrative and performative quality of materials. In 2018 they started collaborating in the format of a loose collective : they develop series of transient sculptures, prints and installations, grouped under the title “Wetter than Wet”. By extracting moist present in matter, the three artists bring together a scope of their individual fascinations: condensation gets tangible, distillation becomes circulation, clay is erotically charged. It is hot. It drips. It flows from one to another. “Wetter than Wet” explores the paradox between transformation and its inherent loss, through temporality of materials.
Mayra Sérgio is a Brasilian artist based in Amsterdam. After working 5 years as a set designer and graduating from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, she started her artistic practice combining the sense of narrative acquired in her previous practice with a conceptual approach to material and space. By making bricks of coffee or developing her own printing technique, she strives to go beyond rational ideas of identity, and questions on a sensorial level how spaces, objects and rituals affect the feeling of home. For her, emotions are the foundation on which knowledge can be stacked.
Elena Khurtova (RU) and Marie Ilse Bourlanges (FR) have moved tons of clay since 2009. They are fascinated by the conceptual and narrative quality of materials that can express a form of temporality and vulnerability, such as the memory of porcelain, the erotic charge of clay or the textual quality of textile. Their work varies from large-scale transient installations and transformative sculptures to intimate formats, within which they privilege the artist book as a way to give permanence. They teach at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and the Royal Academy of Arts of The Hague and curate in the field of design and architecture.