In the cross-aesthetic intersection between art, design and craft, Malene Hartmann Rasmussen’s installations are an escape from everyday-life, an invitation into the bizarre phantasmagoria of her imagination. Her sculptural investigation and artistic impetus begin with a fascination of myth and nature.
The ideas of animism and sentient nature are central to her work. Troldeskoven (In the Troll Wood) is inspired by pagan legends and mythological creatures connected to nature, such as the Green Man, the Wodewose and Trolls. The forest is a metaphor for the hidden realms of the unconscious mind, a social construction that simultaneously embraces the sinister darkness in which the savage and the beastly thrive, and the supernatural and nostalgic world of the fairytale. Recent prizes include Craft Emergency Prize (2014) and Jerwood Makers Open (2015).