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WORLD ON A PLATE - studies in clay.
Exhibition at Gammelgaard, 8 January - 27 February 2011.
Together with Dorthe Andresen, Lillian Bannister. Lis Biggas, Ane-Katrine von Bülow, Ms. Gravesen, Elizabeth Lau Kieffer, Bertine Knudsen, Herdis Skafte, Marianne Thorsen and Mette Marie Ørsted.
As a architectural ceramisist, I work with decoration and experiential design of buildings and urban spaces.
While working on the plates for this exhibition, I became preoccupied with basic organic forms, an example being the leaf as one of mankind's first ever dishes.
- I took a slight detour into studies of plate/non-plate, e.g. "tongues" do not function as containers, but are similar to dishes. Some of my plates play on this theme, "showing off" while still remaining a plate with its ability to hold something.
Another approach to the dish came from oyster shells from Rømø; in themselves small magnificent dishes. What started as a fascination with natural organic form, evolved into studies in statics, - Arch and vault as supporting structures; pure building ceramics.
Besides our individual plates, we have collaborated on two joint projects for the exhibition.
She bears a load and must be strong - body, muscles ... She turned out to be nothing more than body and muscles.
Our second joint project consists of a small oval platter with a rim, a "classic" dish. What happens with this classic form when small additions, incision, and offsets are added?
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It is worth noting that the caryatids in the temple of Artemis do not show that they carry a weight; they stand. And as with the real woman of flesh and blood, who carries heavy objects on her head, you cannot really see that she is carrying something heavy. With my first caryatid I would like for it to be evident that she is carrying a weight. - Weightlifter perhaps? The other has straight arms, - a different approach - she almost dances, - Circus princess maybe?
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