Turi Heisselberg Pedersen has been a strong presence on the Danish ceramics scene for nearly two decades. For her exhibition at Puls, she is showing some all-new, expressive and asymmetric organic works as well as some of the wondrous galaxy of forms for which she is so rightly renowned. Heisselberg is represented in major museums and private collections worldwide. She won the Prix Dans a section ‘Contenant’ at the XXIst International Biennale of Vallauris France in 2010.
All of her work explores the inherent character and textural freshness of clay. Many pieces in this show are typical of her often-monumental abstract vessels and display her mastery of precise, simple and cultivated sculptural vessels, where rhythmic upward patterns, lines, and the interplay between forms are recurrent themes. Still others feature surfaces and colors that invariable cry out to be touched and experienced in all of their three-dimensionality. This is work that seems to mime rhythmical patterns of plant-growth. The pieces are glazed with sinterengobe, which gives the works a stone-like, dry surface with a rich texture. Her latest explorations are inspired by the patterns, textures and structures redolent of natural irregular shapes emerging from a constantly evolving Nature.
She has also included organic forms emerging with coarse, expressive surfaces or fluted structures. These apparently careless and seemingly random growths and asymmetric forms testify to the more unruly forces of Nature Pedersen has observed so closely.
Turi Heisselberg is presenting us with a wealth of amazing and strange shapes, textures, and colors pared down to abstract and simple, yet sensuous work.