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Three pouring vessels 2005

Sidsel Dorph Jensen (born 1973, Nybord, Denmark)

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Copyright: Copyright The Artist; Photo: Mike Davidson, Positive Image / Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums

Sidsel Dorph Jensen is one of a group of young Danish silversmiths who have come to the UK to study and work, bringing a sharp, distinct, fresh approach to their chosen material which finds its roots in Scandinavian culture. Three Britannia Silver pouring vessels were acquired for the collections to illustrate Sidsel Dorph Jensen's imaginative approach to silversmithing. She uses traditional silversmithing techniques (raising and hammering) in an untraditional way, leaving solder joints visible and exploring surface texture. She chooses to work with silver because of its natural properties and its relevance to the objects she fashions. Her vessels combine a practical, almost slumped, shape, that sits comfortably in the hand, with pinched walls to accommodate the thumb and forefinger. Purpose and functionality are key features of her work and Jensen believes it is important that the material is relevant to the function of the object. There is also a sensuality which exploits the malleable and obliging qualities of this precious metal. In her hands silver behaves almost like cloth

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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