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Cathrine Raben Davidsen

Historical accounts, works of fiction and mythological material combined with personal memory often form the point of departure for the work of Danish artist Cathrine Raben Davidsen. Her activities are characterized by a strong fascination with the material and the urge constantly to explore and experiment with different artistic techniques. The traditional hierarchies among art, artist-craftsmanship and design are negated in an artistic oeuvre including painting, drawing and ceramics.

Over the past few years, ceramics has been given an increasingly prominent role in her work. The inspiration comes from among other sources Pre-Columbian terracotta works and ancient Japanese craft traditions, including special glazing techniques and raku firing. In the ceramics there is a particular emphasis on simple formal expression and the beauty of the imperfect. A particular sense for the material and the processual is characteristic of her working method, in which the works are often built up of many layers in a variety of materials and techniques. But unlike the two-dimensional works the ceramics involve a higher degree of loss of control and unpredictability, as the firings and glazes vary and react differently from time to time. At the same time the curved surfaces of the ceramics pave the way for different kinds of narratives without a beginning or ending.

In Cathrine Raben Davidsen’s investigation of identity as something associated with memory and history, the home in fact plays an important role as the place where our identity has its foundations. Her own memories of her childhood home often feature in the works on an equal footing with myth and literature. This is also the case in the ceramic lamps, where curtain material from her childhood home is used in some of the shades. The lamps are beautiful utility objects and works of art. While their function is immediately evident, it is a different matter with the vessels, which seem unsettling and ominous compared with the domesticated aura of the lamps. The vessels recall the lost rites and mysterious religious ceremonies of our ancestors – like relics whose meaning has been lost in time.

Cathrine Raben Davidsen trained at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and at academies in Holland and Italy. Behind her she has a succession of museum exhibitions in Denmark and internationally. She is represented in a wide range of museums and well reputed private collections and has been awarded many prestigious prizes and grants. She has made costumes and sets for the Royal Danish Ballet and has done numerous collaborations with SHOWstudio and Nick Knight. For Milan Design Week 2017 she presented a lamp collection with Milan-based Nilufar Gallery.
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