A ceramic composition displayed on a hand-built furniture suite made in wood.
The work consists of two ceramic objects displayed on a clay podium. The composition is displayed on a hand-built ‘furniture suite’ made in wood. The piece as a whole is a non-functional sculpture where the individual forms interact to create a coherent whole while simultaneously challenging each other. The forms are inspired by familiar everyday objects, which acquire new dynamics and energy when combined.
Marie Torbensdatter Hermann B. 1979, ceramist
Marie T. Hermann creates fictional scenarios, open-ended scenes from a possible domestic environment, where objects exist in a sort of liminal space between an easily recognizable everyday object that evokes familiar sensations and a suddenly ambiguous form that requires a new interpretation and the creation of new relationships.
In the objects that make up Hermann’s scenes, function is almost always denied, with tops often enclosed, making the prospect of filling up the space inside the object no longer a possibility. By denying the objects’ assumed function, she induces a reflection towards the subtleties of these forms, and the relationships we have developed with them.
Always working with groupings, rather than one object at a time, Hermann focuses on the relationships that arise among the objects, the subtleties of space and the final delicate compositions that allow their parts to come into existence.
In these arranged snapshots of everyday life, Hermann dissects a moment and presents it in a transformed state, prompting us into a deeper understanding and appreciation of forms that often go undetected in contemporary life, which is flooded with information. An old memory is questioned, and a new memory is created. In the process, the realization of untapped possibilities and an invitation to the simple, and profound, entrancement of exploration.
2011-present: Teaching at the College for Creative Studies, Detroit, USA
2010: Jury at the Biennale Internationale de Vallauris, France
2007-present: Curator and co-director of sixpm project space, UK
2007-2009: MA, Royal College of Art, London
2003-2007: Studio manager to Edmund de Waal, London
2000-2003: BA Ceramic, University of Westminster, London
2013: A Gentle Blow to the Rock, Galerie Nec, Hong Kong
2011: Echo Chamber, Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art, New York
2010: Stillness in the glorious wilderness, Matin Gallery, Los Angeles
Selected grants and honours
2013: Danish Arts Foundation
2013: Kresge Artist Fellowships grant
2010: Annie & Otto Johs. Detlefs’ travel grant
The Denver Art Museum, USA
Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum, Norway
Sevres Museum, Paris