CATHRINE RABEN DAVIDSEN
The Mindcraft Project 2020 unfolds a curated selection of artistic, research-driven and experimental design projects by ten of Denmark’s most notable designers and artists. This year, we transformed the exhibition into a digital experience due to the Covid-19. Welcome to the digital exhibition.
The Totem ceramics are inspired by prehistoric Mexican terracotta, Danish Bronze Age stoneware and German Bartmann ceramics from the 16th and 17th centuries. In some regions, these ceramic containers were used in occult rituals with the purpose of expelling evil spirits. By playfully adapting this stylistic expression to her own ceramics, Cathrine Raben Davidsen introduces the association to the ghostly and spiritual in her work, juxtaposing the old tradition with a modern mystique. Some of the ceramics are glazed with oxblood, celadon and various oxides. One selected piece has been applied 24 carat gold, while others have undergone salt firings. The Totem ceramics are made in collaboration with Royal Copenhagen from 2017 to 2019 using historical glazes from the Royal Copenhagen archives.