Henrike Scholten

I’m a visual artist, researcher and educator currently based in Groningen, the Netherlands. I make drawings and the occasional painting. I have exhibited widely in the Netherlands and abroad. Combining academic and artistic research, I am currently working with the history of Dutch drawing books and didactic methods. I’ve designed and taught two OffCourses (interdisciplinary electives) at Minerva Art Academy in collaboration with young art historians. Earlier projects have dealt with the history and depiction of the human body: I’ve worked with medical museum collections, and have spent three months drawing from observation in the dissection rooms of the University of Groningen.


My artistic practice focuses on themes related to drawing, corporeality, abstraction and historical pictorial language. Through a practice of drawing and painting I investigate what is to be found between representation and abstraction, between lightness and heaviness, and between beauty and ugliness. I seek out imperfect, decorative and otherwise aesthetically questionable elements within historical pictorial culture, especially that of the Dutch Seventeenth Century, and recycle them into my own works. I am especially fascinated by the history of the human body, and the changing visual language used in its display and depiction. By quoting and misquoting from both historical artworks and anatomical sources, combined with observations 'from life' and invented elements, my work implies an uncomfortable, experimental narrative in which the boundaries between realness and invention and those between past and present are blurred.

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