Paul Maheke’s highly charged performances, drawings and installations investigate how the past informs the present. Although his art often emerges from scholarly research, it develops intuitively. He is interested in producing emotional, innate responses from his audience, too. Explaining that his work is ‘very much about what’s absent, what’s left untold, what’s left unseen,’ he engages with different ways of gaining knowledge and understanding of the world around us. His installation We took a sip from the devil’s cup (2020) features hand-blown glass lamps, a reference to amber – ‘a receptacle for history’ – and ghostly fabric ‘drawings’ inspired by tasseography, a divination practice that involves reading tea leaves or coffee grounds.
Paul Maheke (born 1985, Brive-la-Gaillarde, France) lives and works in London. Maheke studied at the École Estienne and École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Cergy, both Paris, France and Open School East, London.