b. 1975, Danish Ceramist
Louise Gaarmann graduated from The Danish Design School in 2001. She exhibited at the 2007 Biennale of Craft and Design and in Maison du Danemark in Paris in 2007. She also participated in Charlottenborg spring exhibitions in 1999, 2002 and 2003. She has received a grant from Århus Arts Council’s in 2009. She has worked with the Niels Bohr Institute and Århus Municipality’s Department of Culture, among others, and she is one of the founders of LYNfabrikken in Århus and has designed the tableware used in LYNfabrikken’s cafe. Recently, the gallery Charlotte Fogh Contemporary has taken Louise’s ceramics in.
Louise Gaarmann works mainly in clay, and in her work process she takes a keen interest in the behaviour and function of the materials and in surfaces and their many different expressions. Her works are mostly one-offs where combinations and opposites meet, for example when a clean and natural expression in clay is juxtaposed with synthetic materials such as plastic. In her own words: “playing with materials, one-offs, sensual and tactile primeval shapes, where the bowl is the essential shape under interpretation.”
Stacking is a series of porcelain plates from Royal Copenhagen that are stacked and covered and decorated with silicone. In Louise’s own words, the plates are “a piece of Danish history that is both old-fashioned and contemporary.” Louise wants to highlight a part of Danish history when Royal Copenhagen produced Danish porcelain of towering quality that no one wants today, and which is therefore wasting away in the thrift stores. “Stacking” gives the plates renewed energy; they need to be redesigned and recycled in a quirky and perhaps surprising expression that is simple yet funky. Stacking is quite topical in relation to the current emphasis on climate and environmental issues. “I have managed to renew and revitalise porcelain that is worthless in the eyes of many and which is therefore discarded because it represents our grandparents’ era and is no longer fashionable.”
Dia: 10 H: 15
blue and white