marianne Eriksen Scott-Hansen

Marianne Eriksen Scott-Hansen

With a neo-baroque approach to her material, Marianne braids, knots, cuts and twists her way through vast amounts of paper. The colours are either heavy and sombre or delicate pastels. The material is vibrant and light. The many components combine to form new entities, and the immediate beauty comes with sombre undertones. Always perfectly balanced with a decorative purpose in mind.

With a neo-baroque approach to her material, Marianne braids, knots, cuts and twists her way through vast amounts of paper. The colours are either heavy and sombre or delicate pastels. The material is vibrant and light. The many components combine to form new entities, and the immediate beauty comes with sombre undertones. Always perfectly balanced with a decorative purpose in mind.

Marianne graduated from The Danish Design School, Line of Clothing Design, Institute for One-Off Designs (now Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design). After working with materials such as textile and leather for many years, paper proved to offer the optimal medium for her to unfold her universe. The humble and pliable character of paper makes it an ideal ‘experimentarium’. Like a sculptor she creates new forms by combining many small components. Her works appear as a bustling jumble of tiny independent objects. Seen from a distance, they form a balanced, harmonious object; shaped in the most delicate materials with exquisite skill and craftsmanship.

This exhibition has the mask and thus the face as its overarching theme. Like the baroque painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo, who uses individual elements – vegetables, fruit, birds and fish – as allegories for a larger whole, Marianne uses nature-like elements to form new images with a surrealist feel.