Merel Stolker (1992, NL) bases her artistic practice on the universal experience of human interaction. As someone who often struggles with (love) relationships and feelings of loneliness, it amazes her that our relationships are something we often take for granted. We rarely reflect on the unwritten social rules that shape our interactions unnoticed. Within an art practice that is situated at the intersection of performance, visual art and social artistic work, she seeks to question and deepen our social contact.
Merel obtained a bachelor's degree in Fine Art from AKV / St. Joost (Den Bosch) and a master's degree in Autonomous Design from KASK & Conservatorium / School of Arts (Ghent). During and after these studies, she set up several participatory art projects in collaboration with, among others, Manoeuvre (Ghent), 30CC (Leuven), i-mens Seniorcity (Ghent), Arts in Society Awards, and Academie voor Beeldvorming (Den Bosch). She also participated in exhibitions and festivals such as CARING=SHARING at Schouwburg Kortrijk and Dutch Design Week: For Play, Shaping Sexuality at MU, Eindhoven.