Time: 06:06:06 — 19:19:19
For many of us, everyday day time is sliced into appointments and other obligations. Time is inherently boundless, and by breaking it up into hours, days, months years, centuries and millennia, we seek to contain and control it. By attempting to capture and control time, however, we only make ourselves captives to time, wearing our sense of urgency like a second skin, draped in a constant fear of not being on time, running out of time, wasting time.
‘Moments of’ explores this notion of time as a burden or ‘wearable time’, represented by an abstraction on a body that wears time like a mantle. The body is both fragile and strong, heavy and light, and although it is weighed down by time, it is still able to shoulder the burden rather than trying to escape it.
Project sponsor: KVADRAT
Project partners: Studio0405 and Jarlens Firma
dyed aluminium, textiles
H 175–200 cm, W 100–150 cm
Clothing designer, b. 1984
Lærke Valum’s design process is characterized by a sculptural take on clothing that examines the spatial qualities of silhouettes and scale. Her vision is to create clothes that visualize and tell universal stories and explore the potentials of space and form. She treats the space around the body as a venue for form experiments that transcend the boundaries of our common concept of the human body, challenging the ‘standardized’ body image and silhouette. For her recent collections she has developed a method that combines 3D collages with draping in different scales. Her designs incorporate a deliberate use of contrasts, and the process of striking the right balance between simple and complex, minimalism and playfulness, is a source of development and innovation in all her working processes.
Education and practice
2016 to date: Own company, LÆRKE VALUM
2014: MA from Design School Kolding
Two project sponsorships from KVADRAT
Selected grants and honours
2016: Danish Arts Foundation, working grant
2016: Danmarks Nationalbank’s Anniversary Foundation of 1968
2016: Danish Arts Foundation, project grant
2016: ‘Fan Out #2’, Copenhagen Fashion Week, February
2016: ‘Fan Out #3’, Copenhagen Fashion Week, August