Malene Hartmann Rasmussen works with mixed media sculpture, making and arranging multiple components into complex narrative tableaux of visual excess.  She creates a place beyond reality, a deceitful echo of the real world.  The work is childlike, yet elaborate; initially the viewer may, mistakenly, be drawn to her figures thinking them to be toys, but closer examination reveals their rather darker narrative.  The works invite you into an absurd and surreal world where things are not what they seem… the aim is to create a visual poetry based on the artist’s own personal story.

Hartmann Rasmussen’s work vivaciously crosses the boundaries of fine art, design and applied art.  Graduating from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, School of Design, Bornholm and the Royal College of Art in London, she now lives and works in London.  She has participated in exhibitions in The Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Italy, France and Croatia, and in European Ceramic and Applied Arts biennials such as The Biennale for Craft and Design in Copenhagen, Faenza Prize, Biennale Internationale de Céramique de Vallauris and European Prize for Applied Arts in Mons.  Awards and nominations include: Perrier Joüet Arts Salon Prize, British Ceramics Biennial Award, Craft Emergency (Aspex Gallery) and Jerwood Makers Open.

Featured image: Malene Hartmann Rasmussen, Troll no. 3, 2017, ceramic, 45 x 39 x 5cm (17.7 x 15.4 x 2in.)

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