True Blue Floor Lamp, 2021
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 experiment with and explore different artistic techniques. The traditional hierarchies among art, artist-craftsmanship, and design are negated in an artistic oeuvre that ranges wide from painting, drawing, and ceramics to costumes and stage design. Danish artist Cathrine Raben Davidsen brings together a collection of sculptural pieces that explore an intriguing dialogue between art and design. Her activities are characterized by a strong fascination with the material and the urge constantly to experiment with and explore different artistic techniques. The True Blue ceramic lamps are beautiful utility objects and works of art. The monochrome ultramarine pigment used for the lamps bears resemblance to Yves Klein. Every lamp is unique and varies slightly in color and size while the lampshades are made from hand-painted fabric. The inspiration comes from among other sources Pre-Columbian terracotta works and ancient Japanese craft traditions, including special glazing techniques and raku firing.