Sunday, 22 May 2011

Hella Jongerius

I came upon these works by Hella Jongerius while researching my written paper; I was interested in her approach to materials, the visibility of the making process in her work ('Soft Urn', 'Big White Pot and Red White Vase') and the fact that she originally trained within textiles. Her thinking is really radical. She combines materials in an unorthodox and inappropriate way that makes some of her pieces impractical; the embroidered ceramic plates for example (not pictured).
The surreal fusion of forms; industrial, zoomorphic and domestic in 'Office Pets' and 'Props' also appeals to me. Humorous, playful and uncanny, for me these objects seem to tread the fine line between the psychologically safe, and the threatening.

Soft Urn 1993 Hella Jongeris
Natural: PU rubber:  Pink: silicone rubber

Big White Pot and White Red Vase 1997.
 Material: Porcelain, Spray paint lacquer (Toyota red).


Office Pets 2007 Hella Jongeris
Leather, metal, polyester, embroidery

Props 2007 Hella Jongeris
Materials; Various

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