Louise Daneels treats everyday items as objects containing memory – tangible creations that she wants to recreate, observe, and cherish. Her ceramic sculptures do just that with the aim to discover the “poetic aura” these items may contain.
Anything from toothbrushes to a calculator is recreated using clay. “Objects are memories, we are able to have a conversation with them,” she explained the thought process behind her work. “By being the archeologist of my own memories, I tried to bring the memories back to life in ceramic sculptures.”
Completely self-taught in sculpting, she learned how to use clay through YouTube tutorials, whilst completing a master’s degree in illustration at KASK School of Arts in Ghent, Belgium. But she admits to being drawn to ceramics from a much younger age while watching her grandmother make porcelain dolls.
“The work wants to connect to people because it was grown out of the most ordinary everyday surroundings,” she explains. “The automatic interaction with its audience brings up a memory-game of associations and stories. So we can discover the poetic aura they contain from the inside.”
Take a look at some of her creations in the gallery below: