Art,  Blackqube

MERETE RASMUSSEN – CURVE AND FORM

Known for her signature abstract forms brought to life with colour this online exhibition of Merete Rasmussen’s sculptural ceramics brings together a dazzling selection of new free standing and wall hung ceramics.

Many of the artist’s recent sculptures were made during lockdown and Covid periods but defy any negative associations of the pandemic rather defiantly combine beautiful organic forms with extraordinarily vibrant colours.

Each work takes many weeks to make by hand. Describing her work and process Rasmussen says:

“I work with abstract sculptural form. I am interested in the idea of one continuous surface, with one connected edge or line running through the whole form. Clear, clean shapes; soft smooth curves in contrast to sharp edges; concave and convex surfaces; the discovery and strength of an inner/negative space – these are all form expressions that appeal to me and results in my continuous exploration and expression in many different variations.

My sculptures are either asymmetrical or with a repetition of form:

Asymmetrical where I mainly work with the idea of continuous surface. The form has only one side and one edge connected throughout the shape.

Repetition of form with three symmetrical parts that are connected; three being both a strong number and a balanced repetition of form. The negative space – the shape of the space in between, is equally important.

My work is hand built in coiling technique. Stoneware is my chosen material for its qualities – I like to challenge the material and my own skills by building complicated shapes; fragile in the building, drying and firing process which upon firing attain the strength to be handled and positioned without support.

I often get an idea for a new form while working on another. I also find my inspiration in form I see in nature as well as architecture and design; clean curves, sparse decoration, simplicity. To emphasize the form I use a matt surface and monochrome colours.”