hello shallowKathrin Graf and Bettina MarxKunsthaus Eurode, Herzogenrath, 2019
hello shallow is the first exhibition of the two artists Kathrin Graf and Bettina Marx. Although they have been working together as the artist duo tiefkeller since 2015, this is the first time they are showing their individual works together.A connecting element between the sculptures of Kathrin Graf and the paintings of Bettina Marx is their interest in textures and surfaces. Although at first glance the surface is associated with superficiality and artificiality, on closer inspection it turns out to be a huge, complex field. The surface is a membrane that hides, that holds the unexpected and that connects to the inside and outside. It deals with the unspoken, is transformable and changeable because it is not separated from the environment. It is a membrane that is connected to the preconscious physical knowledge and experience that is greater than that of consciousness.For hello shallow, the two artists combine their works (Bettina Marx: painted cushions and a wall painting, Kathrin Graf: sculptures made of glazed and fired ceramics, plaster and shaving foam) into a site-specific installation.