Mouvements Modernes engagement with contemporary ceramics continues with an exhibition in October of a selection of twelve specially created pieces by the ceramicist Merete Rasmussen. Her work was first shown in Paris by
Mouvements Modernes at the 2008 FIAC, then in 2010 as part of the exhibition Fables Contemporaines – Un regard sur la céramique contemporaine. Originally from Denmark and based in London, Merete Rasmussen initially learnt
her craft in Sweden, where she grew up, completing her training at Denmark’s Design School Kolding and the Glasgow School of Art. It was during her studies in Denmark in the early 2000s that Merete found her initial inspirations in the roots of Danish design, particularly the work of Arne Jacobsen and Verner Panton. The
monochrome palette Merete has used since her earliest works reflects this powerful influence, drawing on the approach of Scandinavian designers to the question of colour: matt and powdery forms are enveloped in blues, oranges and yellows, deep and uniform. Merete mainly works with stoneware that she shapes entirely by hand using
a coiling technique to create complex structures realized with a material that is, by definition, fragile. In her work, Merete has long been committed to the idea of continuous lines and surfaces to create a form and connect it as a whole: her delicately twisted sculptures give the illusion of a flexible organic thread, a little like a Möbius strip. She creates abstract sculptural shapes and she has recently expanded her practice to more monumental pieces. She describes her approach thus: “I am interested in how space is defined and understood through 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 complex mathematical constructions. Different types of expression appeal to me
and result in my continuous exploration of form and material: precise curves and clean edges, concave surfaces transforming into convex surfaces: the discovery and strength of an inner or negative space.