The Pet
by Louise Hindsgavl

A piece of furniture in wood and fabric, the size of a foot rest – but with certain characteristics that make it unpredictable.



The Pet is a piece of seating furniture in wood and fabric, the size of a foot rest but with certain characteristics that make it unpredictable. The idea behind the work is that pets are essentially lovely, but in light of the effort that they require, having a pet is actually quite a project. “The Pet” offers an alternative. It has certain pet properties, but it is relatively straightforward to deal with. “The Pet” reflects our longstanding efforts to adapt pets to our needs. The work is created in cooperation with paperhanger Mette Palsteen and Kvadrat A/S.

Louise Hindsgavl’s works have been represented in many museums in Denmark and abroad, including World Ceramic Exposition Foundation in South Korea in 2009, Röhsska Museum in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2008, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in 2006, the Danish Museum of Art & Design in Copenhagen and Trapholt in Kolding, both in 2005.
Louise Hindsgavl works mainly in porcelain, exploring the possibilities the genre offers in terms of design and narrative content. Her point of departure is always an idea for a plot with a particular emphasis, then a drawing and finally a piece. Louise finds inspiration in both explicit and unspoken human qualities – the things we do not mind owning up to as well as the ones we try to disavow. Human reaction patterns and needs are essential, she says, and watching the news on TV is a major source of inspiration. “A particular characteristic of the works may be that I seek the exaggeration and the distorted. I want to highlight the clumsy and cumbersome aspects of moving about in the world and the behaviours that certain survival mechanisms cause us to engage in.”

Louise Hindsgavl, born 1970. Ceramist, graduated from Designskolen Kolding in 1999.

The Pet - by Louise Hindsgavl
Photo credit: 2017 © Danish Crafts / jeppegudmundsen.com

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