Kristin Wenzel, born 1983 in Gotha, lives and works in Düsseldorf and Leipzig.
She studied at Kunstakademie Münster and at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf with Katharina Fritsch. Her works were on view at following selected institutions: Studio Mogoșoaia Palace, Bucharest; Kunstraum Praline, Leipzig; Kunstraum Unten, Bochum; Freiraum Kunstlager, Lörrach; ARCUB, Bucharest; Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna; Spinnerei, Leipzig; Kunst im Tunnel, Düsseldorf; Kunstmuseum Solingen; d-52 Raum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Düsseldorf; Kunstraum Liska, Leipzig.
Kristin Wenzel describes the search for identity as one of the central themes of her work. The search for one’s self, one’s origins, one’s place in the world. Belonging. Yet in her sculpturally elaborated images, what may initially seem like an avantgardist cliché is coupled with a material aesthetic which testifies to the influence of an environment that one could broadly describe as western: smooth, polished surfaces; the erasure of traces, the homogenisation of origins. At the same time, Kristin Wenzel chooses the path of poeticising the everyday and breaks with her citations; she doesn’t reflect art and its history but rather herself and her own history. What remains of this process for the viewer in terms of clearly identifiable references is the ironic encryption thereof.