Malene Hartmann Rasmussen has created a large scale theatrical installation, In The Dead of the Night, for the Jerwood Makers Open which she won in 2015. The immersive and surreal ceramic forest installation has been touring the UK for the past year and we are delighted to close its run with a special presentation at Jessica Carlisle.
Hartmann Rasmussen’s work draws upon motifs from the domestic and natural world. Memories, daydreams and childhood nostalgia are all called upon by the artist, who weaves them together into a fairytale of her own making. In In The Dead of Night, the artist has utilised the idea of trompe l’oeil, the technique of using realistic imagery to create an optical illusion, and created lifesize, scenic trees by scaling up images of hand-crafted ceramic branches. Visitors are encouraged to venture through the woods to explore a fairytale-esque space of ceramic flora, fauna and intriguing narrative scenarios. The artist’s interest in the forest stems from its recurrence in European literature and myth, ancient cults, pagan rituals and as a metaphor for the hidden realms of the unconscious mind. Comprising a number of elaborate fragments, Rasmussen creates a tableaux of visual excess through which she seeks to evoke an emotional response in the viewer and actuate their imagination.
Malene Hartmann Rasmussen Exibition Dates: 1 July – 6 August 2016 Address: Jessica Carlisle 4 Mandeville Place, London W1U 2BF (nearest tube: Bond Street)