Step into the enchanting world of Malene Hartmann Rasmussen‘s ceramics, where Scandinavian folklore and cherished childhood memories come to life. Rasmussen’s artistic journey is deeply rooted in her Danish heritage, drawing inspiration from the rich tapestry of traditions she experienced during her upbringing.

From the tradition of crafting corn dollies to the captivating festivities of Christmas and the care of mythical gnomes, Rasmussen’s work embodies the essence of these age-old customs. Her creations often take on the appearance of nature’s treasures—clusters of foliage, pinecones, or berries. Yet, a closer look reveals the whimsical and mischievous faces of trolls, hidden in plain sight.

Rasmussen’s fascination with hybrid creatures, including the iconic Swamp Thing from comic books, and the influence of historical art, like Swedish artist John Bauer’s “In the Troll Woods,” given to her by her grandmother, has shaped her artistic expression. This influence extends beyond mere aesthetic inspiration; it delves into the essence of animism, the belief that not only humans but every element of nature possesses a soul and is interconnected in a grand tapestry of existence.

In Rasmussen’s world, trolls are more than just mythical beings; they are nature spirits, deeply intertwined with the idea of animism. Through her ceramics, she invites us to rediscover the magic of tradition, imagination, and a connection to the natural world. Her creations transport us to a whimsical realm where tradition and imagination intertwine, evoking a profound sense of wonder and nostalgia that captivates the heart and soul.

Find more on the artist’s website and Instagram.

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