Puck Verkade and Wieske Wester’s presentation at Liste forms a dialogue on power structures, gender issues, and stereotypes concerning the body and sexuality.
Puck Verkade will show a sculptural bed, in which she premieres her new video work on the theme of sexual consent. The walls of the booth will be covered in Wieske Wester’s sensual paintings and drawings of bananas and oysters - motives often associated with fertility and procreation. Themes of dominance and aggression recur in both artists’ practices. While Wester is looking for inner forces and energies, Verkade is more interested in social constructions and externalised behaviours that have come to define our culture. Nevertheless, according to Wester even a painted image of an orange can portray a war and for Verkade humour is an entry into the sticky political subjects that her work touches upon.
Puck Verkade received her BFA from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and recently completed an MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, London. Her work has been shown at various venues, such as Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Museum Hilversum, Showroom MAMA in Rotterdam, Gasworks in London, and LOOP in Barcelona. Her work is held in private and public collections, including the AKZO Nobel Art Foundation in Amsterdam. Verkade lives and works in London, where she has been selected as a resident artist at Sarabande The Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation for 2017–2018.
Wieske Wester obtained her BFA from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, after which she was selected for De Ateliers in Amsterdam. In 2015 she graduated from the HISK in Ghent. In 2017 she was nominated for the Royal Prize for Contemporary Painting in Amsterdam. In 2018 she is participating in group exhibitions at CODA Museum in Apeldoorn, Netherlands and White Crypt, London. Her work is held in private and public collections, including the Lisser Art Museum in Lisse, Netherlands and the Ahold collection in Amsterdam. Wester lives and works in The Hague, Netherlands.