About the Artist: Inge Abrahamsen
Polymer clay has been in and out of my life since mid-1970’ties. After getting in contact with the Scandinavian PC community a few years ago, the urge to develop my skills and find my own voice became more important. As I work fulltime teaching IT, the clay must too often be on stand-by. I do not plan much but like to go with the flow, e.g. incorporate an accidental rugged edge created by the pasta machine. I do not strive for perfection; a fingerprint here and a spot there is OK. The small boxes are tactile; I have found a size that is small enough to fit in a hand, yet a big enough canvas to play with surface techniques – smooth like polished marble or textured. And, of course, the colours. A box is a world in itself. Earrings – which I have made a lot of - lays idle around when not worn, but the box has a life on its own, also when it is just there: it could contain something, even a surprise. Perhaps it is also a very suitable 2020 project: I may be locked in here – but I am still on the outside of the box.
Height 6cm (1.2 inch). Polymer clay, soft pastel. Lines representing the leaveless autumn branches with a few berries left for the birds, while the mushrooms thrives.
Height 6cm (1.2 inch). Polymer clay, brass wire, acrylic paint.
Inspiration for the textures and colours is from the doors of the Forbidden City.