Merel Wendt (1999) is an illustrator, graphic artist and bottle enthusiast.
Bottles are an inexhaustible source of inspiration to her, they function as characters in her work. As a maker, she tries to visualise her fascination with their form by manipulating their properties, such as shape, color and size. She stretches, inflates and exaggerates them. In doing so, she aims to reacquaint the viewer to the bottle as both form and object.
Her illustrated bottle collection began as her graduation project called "Pfand," in which she used her role as illustrator and bottle enthusiast to visualise the invisible collection of Berlin's deposit collectors.
This culminated in a major form study of the bottle, which is still ongoing. She takes an analogue approach in her work, using techniques such as lithography, screen printing, ceramics and pencil.
2017-2021 BA Illustration and Animation Design,
Academy Minerva Groningen, Cum Laude
2020 Internship at comic artist and illustrator Nino Bulling, Berlin
29-10: Group exhibition, MicksArt Gallery Emmen
Currently: 07-07/29-09: “Tijdcollages”, Witte Olifanten IX, duo-exhibition together with Marijke Klamer, Streekhistorisch Centrum Stadskanaal
Aug 2022-now : Art workshop teacher, De Vrolijkheid, AZC Ter Apel Oct-dec 2022: Art workshop teacher, De Vrolijkheid, AZC Burgum
Projectweeks Academy Minerva Groningen: Nov 2022: ”Prints of collections, researching objects and lithography in the public domain.” Feb 2022: “Prints of collections, collections of prints.” Exploring objects and still-lives through polyesterplate-lithography.