MOVEMENT OF THE HEART
Opening: Sunday 21 March, from 11am-6pm, in presence of the artist
Exhibition >25 April 2021
Geukens & De Vil, KNOKKE
Exhibition views. Photocredits: David Samyn, 2021
Imposed confinement can cause feelings of anxiety and distress. To combat these feelings, Muller developed her own ritual and collected sprouted onions during spring. On these onions she wrote or carved small intentions. She sculpted hearts around them in clay or wax and casted them in bronze, which resulted in a series of 150 unique works.
During summer, Muller continued this project during an artist residence in Palazzo Monti, Brescia. Being in this area, she took the opportunity to do extensive research to Leonardo Da Vinci’s anatomic sketches and his theories on the human heart. 500 years later Muller humbly follows in Da Vinci’s footsteps, conducting her own research to the heart, a universal symbol worldwide.
Movement of the heart will be an international project. The series will be presented simultaneously on 21 March 2021 – the start of spring in Europe – at 10 locations worldwide: Geukens & De Vil (Antwerp/Knokke, Belgium), Fox Jensen (Sidney/Auckland), Proyectos Monclova (Mexico City, Mexico), Tardino6 (Bakoe, Azerbaijan), Michaela Stock (Vienna, Austria), Gallery Maskara (Mumbai, India), Palazzo Monti (Brescia, Italy), Galerie Italienne (Paris, France), Martin Kudlek, (Cologne, Germany), Galeria Biala (Lublin, Poland).
To conclude, the pandemic has heightened environmental awareness all over the world, something quite dear to Muller. For this reason, she chose to create awareness of reforestation by supporting the non-profit-organization One Tree Planted (www.ontreeplanted.org). Per piece sold, approximately 50 new trees will be planted.
We needlessly pollute the fair bosom of our mother earth,
rip out her trees to feed our short sighted greed,
turning our fertile earth into a sterile desert.
- Dalai Lama, The Sheltering Tree of Interdependence, 1993