1853 Frederiksberg C
DEATH stands above me, whispering low
I know not what into my ear;
Of his strange language all I know
Is, there is not a word of fear.
Walter Savage LANDOR (1775–1864) (1)
The English poet Walter Savage Landor speaks about a language that is lacking a word. Yes, despite this absence, the poet hears low whispers. This capacity to listen to one’s intuition characterizes Helene Callesens oeuvre, which whispers and pulses CLAY. Callesen is passionate about the innate characteristics of clay. She finds and excavates the clay she uses, and has been on several study trips to investigate different clay cultures – both historic and contemporary.
The artist uses this material in many unique ways – as a sculptural material, drawing and painting medium. In her work, this material appears to emanate life, as it drifts, heaves, and sweats with vitality.
(Wendy Gers, 2016)
Helene Callesen is educated ceramist from The Danish Design School, Bornholm in 2010.