Malene Hartmann Rasmussen is a Danish artist working within the field of narrative figurative sculpture and installation. Educated at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, School of Design, Bornholm and Royal College of Art in London, she now lives and works in London. A recurring theme in her work is the forest and the mythological creatures that lurk in the dark woods. Her mixed-media ceramic installations use motifs from the domestic and natural world. She weaves together notions of memories, daydreams and childhood nostalgia into a fairy-tale of her own making. Hartmann Rasmussen’s interest in the forest stems from its recurrence in European literature and myth, ancient cults, pagan rituals, and as a metaphor for the hidden realms of the unconscious mind. Comprising a number of elaborate fragments, she creates a tableaux of visual excess through which she seeks to evoke an emotional response in the viewer and actuate their imagination.
In 2018 Hartmann Rasmussen was awarded a residency at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Artist-in-Residence programme. Her work has been acquired by private and public collections such as Swindon Museum and International Ceramic Research Center Guldagergaard.
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