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Finissage & artist talk: Helen Clara Hemsley & Therese Mørch

On Saturday, February 26, we will celebrate the end of the first window exhibitions of the year in A-Gallery. As part of the finissage, there will be a public artist talk with Helen Clara Hemsley and Therese Mørch, who are the creators of the A-Gallery window exhibition TRACES IN TIME. The interview will be conducted by Urmas Lüüs, a jewellery artist and cultural researcher.

After the talk, there is time to converse and mingle in the cozy Saturday evening atmosphere of the finnisage. The artists will offer snacks and wine. The exhibition’s finnisage is a rare opportunity to experience the great creations of two extraordinary foreign artists in depth. The talk will be in English.

TRACES IN TIME is a display of exploration and the concept of the everyday in both artist’s works. Helen Clara Hemsley is originally from South Africa, but currently lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. Helen studied at Oxford Brookes University and the Institute for Precious Metals in Copenhagen and she holds a BA in Fine Art from the Glasgow School of Art. Her work has been exhibited in, among other countries, Denmark, China, Portugal, Australia, Germany and the US.

Helen’s works displayed at TRACES IN TIME reflect an odd sense of familiarity, but at the same time a perplexing feeling of not being completely sure why the objects or materials are so important, what they symbolise or where they come from. And then there is a feeling of sadness, and an almost desperate need to make things better again. All this happens over a long period of time, bearing witness to the joys and pain of teenage struggles, parents and parenthood, marriage, divorce and a constant desire to make, build and share.

Therese Mørch is from Denmark and lives in Copenhagen. Therese graduated from Cass School of art & Design and Royal College of Art, both in London. Her work has been exhibited in Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, France, Germany and in the UK.

In Therese’s exhibition pieces there is also a feeling of familiarity and the passing of time, and a beautiful fragility that draws the viewer in. Common to her works TRACES and TOUCHED is the sense of touch and tactility used as generators for creating contact. This may lead senses onto paths of proximity, intimacy, physicality, sentiment, totems, object relations and attachment. All are fragments of Therese’s on-going research in jewellery, which is often embodied in repetitive sculpt work, and corporeal representation with reference to ritual and spiritual prayer jewellery.

The exhibition is supported by the Danish Cultural Institute in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.