Marie Hepsø’s practice deals with the human body, inner emotions and the relationship between the two. Her works take the form of metal sculptures and objects related to body parts, encompassing both silhouettes and fragments of the body. Using metalsmithing techniques, she creates volume and movement in the metal plates using her own body during the physical process of production. The works range in scale up to human size, positioning audiences to physically confront the space, size and tactility of the body.
Tactility is central to Hepsø’s works; viewers can touch and feel the coldness and the warmth in the different materials used, as well as their the size and weight. In addition to documenting the artist’s physical contact with the material, the abstract works can be seen as an extension of the artist’s own body, prompting reflection on the body’s conception as a natural object. The works are bound together despite their apparent differences, each new work developing from the preceding one.
Taking inspiration from the body’s atmosphere, movement and shape, Hepsø’s proposition of the human body as an abstract, unspecific and imperfect form grapples with the pressures and modes of tension to which bodies in Western society are subject.
All photos courtesy of Ahmed Umar, Niklas R. Lello, Tina Hauglund, Heidi Furre and Henrik Sörensen.