As humans we have a need for care and to feel safe to be able to be and move in the world.
Lotte Bækgaad has with her sculptures and photographs made a psychological universe that touches upon human’s essential need for care.
The works in the exhibition are full of contrasts. The jars, as she calls them, are organic and soft and on the surface, they appear fragile as porcelain, while they by touch are revealed as hard and robust. Their abstract forms and size give us the sense that they can contain a body and enclose it, but the edges are uneven and open like a wound.
The process of making the jars is at one time a repetitive action where the work of placing layers on top of layers are repeated again and again. It is an intuitive performance that refers to the time-consuming work it is to provide care for others. The photographs are among other things self-portraits taken while in labor and in interaction with the sculptures they underpin the body as a starting point for the work of care.
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