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Negative Bowl 2006

Ane Christensen (born 1972, Copenhagen, Denmark)

Negative Bowl
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Ane Christensen works as a fulltime designer and maker of metal, working in a range of materials including silver, stainless steel, aluminium and copper. After graduating she quickly received acclaim for her range of batch-produced fruit bowls and candleholders, which exploited methods of slashing and cutting. All pieces are based on the principle of using a single sheet of metal combined with industrial techniques of lasercutting and spinning and hand piercing to achieve open wave forms. Powder coating gives a palette of soft colours to the metal. This technique is restrictive and strict as Christensen simply works with what she has, neither adding nor removing from the piece of metal. The challenge is to push the material as far as possible, relying on its inherent strength and internal tensions. She works out her ideas on paper first then seeks to transfer that sharp, exact quality of the design to metal.The bowl acquired for Aberdeen's collections comes from Christensen's latest Negative Series first seen at her Jerwood exhibition in 2005. More abstract in concept, this series plays with the interface of positive and negative and the possibilities of optical illusion. Restraint and constriction continues, but now her work is looser, interacting with shadows and the space beyond the object

Acquisition Details

Acquired from The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, 2006
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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