As I research for the themed blog weeks we have each week, I quite regularly run into pieces that I would like to feature at some point because I find them surprising and unexpected, but which haven’t yet fit into any themes. So this week, I’d like to show you some of these curious and spectacular polymer pieces. These will not be typical work and may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but they are all a testament to the creative and wide-ranging aesthetic that polymer draws.
Pernille Moesgaard only recently graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, but she is already doing gallery-level fine art in polymer. Her sculptural pieces are a little wild, and are much more symbolic and conceptual than representational, but you can still see the influences of actual natural forms in her work.
This piece seemed the most accessible, which is why I am featuring it first. This is all polymer clay. The detail and amount of work that must have gone into creating the texture and features is quite incredible (this piece is about 35cm/14″ to give you an idea of scale). Believe it or not, it’s one of her more simplistic pieces, if you can even use that word.
The consistent elements in Pernille’s pieces are texture, repetition, and a gradation of color. She seems to have worked these out quite well. Her forms I have had a harder time with, being that they are often uncomfortably balanced, although I do get the sense that the discomfort was intentional. Nonetheless, they are forms that I want to keep investigating, meaning that they work on a level of curiosity, which speaks to them having some success as a whole.
Here is a collection of her work at a show earlier this year at Gallery Pi in Denmark. are some truly unexpected forms here.
What do you think of this kind of work? Does it speak to you? Would you consider doing something so out of the ordinary? It certainly shows some of the potential for polymer, and the many textures could be used on any other kind of work, even if sculpture isn’t your thing.