Silence! – In the event of a divine presence
by Louise Hindsgavl

Five porcelain figurines – three of them are suspended from ropes, while the remaining two observe them in silence.

Silence! – In the event of a divine presence. For MINDCRAFT09, Louise Hindsgavl created five large porcelain figurines. Three of them are suspended from ropes, while the remaining two observe them in silence.
“With this group of porcelain figurines, I wish to incorporate the awareness that laboratories carry out magnificent craftsmanship, as skilful people seek to grasp how life is created and what potential for additional development this implies. At the same time, I wish to sound a warning against us becoming tacit, unquestioning spectators, accepting anything simply because it’s technically feasible,” says Louise Hindgavl about the figurines.
To her, craftsmanship has many permutations, and it covers concepts that go well beyond craft. It is well-established that a cabinetmaker can be a good craftsman, but we are probably less aware that science also requires good craftsmanship in the application of theories. In her present works, Louise Hindsgavl seeks to highlight exactly this aspect of craftsmanship. Silence means reverence. Reverence for what might be possible when strong forces and skilful craftspeople are involved. However, it is also problematic if our unquestioning enthusiasm about the possibilities causes us to let these possibilities run amok with our inventiveness.

Since her graduation, Louise Hindsgavl‘s works have been represented in a number of museums in Denmark and abroad, including Röhsska Museum in Gothenburg, Sweden (2008), National Museum of Decorative Arts in Trondheim, Norway (2007), Victoria and Albert Museum in London (2006) and the Danish Museum of Art & Design in Copenhagen and Trapholt (2005).
Louise Hindsgavl’s work aims to reinterpret the porcelain figurine and explore the inherent possibilities of this genre. Louise Hindsgavl is interested in the design aspect as well as the narrative content.
All her works are made in porcelain. Her choice of this material is based on a desire to underscore the contrast between the pure and refined material and the untamed menageries and their rejection of civilisation.
Hindsgavl uses the common expectation of porcelain figurines as depictions of innocent scenes as a crow bar that enables her to surprise and startle the beholder by presenting a very different scene.
The intention behind Louise Hindsgavl’s works is to update the genre, but another key purpose is to expand the expectations that the audience may have of narrative ceramics and to use this new generation of porcelain figurines to make it interesting to reflect on the narratives contained in the works.

Louise Hindsgavl, born 1970. Ceramist, graduated from Designskolen Kolding, Ceramics and Glass Line, Institute for One-off Objects in 1999.

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