Gallery Puls is proud to present “Ramification”, an exhibition with works of Danish ceramist Bente Skjøttgaard. Two years ago, she was already a guest of the gallery with her exhibition “Glaze pieces”. A lot has happened in the meantime. She has been very prolific and was selected for the big Danish group exhibition which is touring all over the world , called “From the kilns of Denmark”.
Until one week ago her latest pieces were on show in a large solo exhibition at the Holstebro Art Museum in Denmark. And in autumn, she will have a retrospective exhibition in the Ceramics Museum Grimmerhus in Middelfart, Denmark. An extraordinary track record for such a young artist.
The pieces she will be showing us in Brussels are what she calls “glaze pieces with ramification”. The style is still very recognizable and Skøttgaard-like as far as glaze and expression are concerned. But now the shapes are more abstract and are not easily identifiable with a vase or any other kind of functional object.
Glaze has become the keyword in Bente Skjøttgaard’s latest ceramic works. In her previous exhibition at Puls the glazes developed themselves upon differently modelled, but always symmetric, vases.
The very imaginative expressions we will see in this exhibition came into existence in the attempt to make clay and glaze become one.
The ceramics of Bente Skjøttgaard are never constructed. They grow naturally out of the working process and traces from that process will always be visible on the work itself, since she models fairly quickly. While modelling, she is not striving for perfection. And that enables her to keep a freshness and lightness of expression.
Bente Skjøttgaard is constantly flirting with the uncontrollable. She often pours several layers of glaze over each other. And by reducing the oxygen in the kiln, sometimes unpredictable colours are created and the glaze is almost mutating.
The random invariably has free play.