Endless Blue (Wall), 2016
C. 17.5 in. h x 21 in. w x 8 in. d
Works range from $9,000-$15,000
Courtesy of J.Lohmann Gallery
The twisting, looping, curved forms by Britain-based Danish sculptor Merete Rasmussen have become bigger and bolder over the years - to the point that she now works in bronze when making sculptures beyond a certain size. The mid-size ceramic pieces, however, remain hand-made and kiln-fired. Elaborately designed in thin clay, they are fragile and heavy and liable to cracks and distortions prior to the first firing; working with clay for many years, however, Rasmussen has devised a way for these flowing, curvaceous, spiralling pieces to maintain their shape throughout the process. Her decision to add eye-popping matt glazes in reds, blues, oranges and yellows is both to emphasise the shape of the pieces but also to add a sense of strength through their vibrancy.
Endless Blue is one continuous piece of coiled ceramic with a focus on the inner shape. It’s a wall-hung sculpture that plays on light on shadow, where different elements and planes are highlighted depending on the direction of the light source.
Rasmussen’s work is in a number of collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum where a fabulous, large, red, free-standing sculpture is on display in Room 141, Contemporary Ceramics.
For more information: jlohmanngallery.com
Hedge issue 50, pp72-77, May 2018