‘Ouroboros’, the Ancient Egyptian symbol of the serpent who bit his own tail which is used in many cultures to illustrate birth and rebirth, is here referenced in an impressive three-part wall piece that cleverly expands across the wall so that the viewer can barely tell where one part ends and the next begins. Using a bright, matt yellow slip this complex ceramic form seems to pulsate on the wall and yet Rasmussen’s expressive serpentine forms belie the time taken to slowly build each piece up using the equally snakelike coil technique.
Merete Rasmussen hand builds her pieces using a stoneware clay she has worked for almost twenty years. She enjoys the challenging nature of both the material she works in and the complex structures she builds, which despite their apparent fragility and complicated contours, hold their own shape with poise and elegance. Talking about the wider interests in her work Merete says:
"I am interested in the way one defines and comprehends space through physical form. My shapes can represent an idea of a captured movement, as a flowing form stretching or curling around itself, or the idea can derive from repeated natural forms or even complex mathematical constructions. Different form expressions appeal to me and results in my continuous exploration with many different variations: soft but precise curves, sharp edges, concave surfaces shifting to convex; the discovery and strength of an inner or negative space. I am intrigued by the idea of a continuous surface, for example with one connected edge running through an entire form."
Merete Rasmussen was born in Copenhagen and brought up in Sweden. Returning to Denmark to study at the Designskolen Kolding, she was inspired by the iconic designs of fellow Danes, Arne Jacobsen and Verner Panton. During her studies she travelled widely with the sculptural sand dunes of Namibia having a particularly potent effect. Rasmussen has exhibited widely and her work is held in a number of public collections including The Victoria and Albert Museum, The National Museum of Scotland, the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, the National Fund of Contemporary Arts, France, the Crafts Council Collection, UK and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Merete Rasmussen lives and works in South East England and Pangolin London is delighted to represent her in the UK.