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Anita Manshanden (Heiloo 1966) studied ceramic design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, the Polytechnic in Leicester England and the Limerick School of Art in Ireland. She is inspired by a.o. the plant world. In addition, the photographs of Karl Blossfeldt and the art of Celtic and African peoples are also a source of inspiration for the ceramist. By concentrating on the ornamental... Read more

Anita Manshanden (Heiloo 1966) studied ceramic design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, the Polytechnic in Leicester England and the Limerick School of Art in Ireland.

She is inspired by a.o. the plant world. In addition, the photographs of Karl Blossfeldt and the art of Celtic and African peoples are also a source of inspiration for the ceramist. By concentrating on the ornamental qualities of flowers and plants, by stylizing them, enlarging them and executing them in monochrome colours, objects are created with a strong autonomous appearance and monumentality. Investigating the influence of repeating lines is an inexhaustible source.

A search for proportions in relation to each other. Creating unity in multiplicity.

Here the suggestion of a continuous, graphic line is important. Like putting a pencil on a sheet of paper and not letting go. The colours hold the work together and are not only intended as an added value but as part of the overall image. In this way she wants to seduce the viewer, as it were, to go along with the rhythmic cadence of the patterns.

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