Merete Rasmussen in Liverpool
Ceramist Merete Rasmussen has a solo show at the Bluecoat Display Centre this month (until 19 November); she’s also giving their annual Gardner-Medwin Lecture on 10 November
Although born and educated in Denmark, Rasmussen has been living and working in London since 2005 and has made quite a name for herself with her work already represented in several public collections (including our own CC collection and that of the National Museum of Scotland). Rasmussen’s best known for her elaborate abstract sculptural forms made from a single ribbon-shaped sheet of clay, several examples of which are at the Bluecoat. She twists and curves the clay into a scrolling, spiralling form which is both highly complex and pleasingly simple. This seeming contradiction springs from the fact that Rasmussen only uses one colour throughout each sculpture, giving her pieces a Scandinavian impression of clean-cut lines and purity of form with the play of light creating variations in tone with the shadowy interiors contrasting with the bright exterior edges. In fact her work is all about contrasts as the negative space balances the positive space in her sculptures and their smooth curving surfaces contrast with their sharp, precise edges.