Amalie Vöge Jensen is a Danish artist currently based in Oslo, where she’s studying a master’s-program at Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Her work involves the creation of abstract-figurative ceramic sculptures inspired by the human body intertwined in different scenarios. In Mitosis, Amalie started exploring gender by translating through her sculptures many circumstances of being a woman, falling in love, and longing for procreating. This series started autobiographically and ended in autonomous pieces that touch upon themes of sexuality, sensuality, recognition, and alienation.
Amalie Vöge Jensen: My work involves the creation of abstract-figurative ceramic sculptures and installations, which aims to express everyday life experiences and develop from interests in body, gender, and femininity. The human body is the main inspiration in my artistic work and I believe clay contains unique qualities to explore bodily expressions. With the quality of plasticity, clay communicates with our body on a primordial level that resonates in most people.
Amalie Vöge Jensen: Mitosis is the project where I started exploring gender with my practice. I would say the project became the point where I admitted my gender had an impact on my life. It is the work expressing circumstances of being a woman, falling in love, and longing for procreating. I believe the struggle of the work points at a larger structural problem in society concerning the obstacles a woman can be facing when starting a family.
Sculptural Work as Literature
Amalie Vöge Jensen: When working with sculptural work I see the logic of shapes as a character in literature. For instance, if a character in a novel suddenly acts nonlogical according to the building up of the storyline, the reader won’t find the character reliable. It creates an unrelatable subject and will result in a disruption of matter. To me, the reliability of logic is important regardless if a sculpture embodies one or many characters.
Amalie Vöge Jensen: Currently, I am located in Norway, where I am studying a master’s program at Oslo National Academy of the Arts. At the moment I am working with an experience of washing clothes by hand. The investigation and reflections involve traditional work for women, work in the household, distribution of resources within a society, and experimenting with plastic found in my surroundings.
Interview with Amalie Vöge Jensen | Photography Ida Buss.