Still Life

client/ Galerie Maria Wettergren

materials/ Maplewood, Oregone Pine, Remix

info/ Editions and Objects made for solo exhibition at Galerie Maria Wettergren

Not unlike a Morandi painting, simple everyday objects are given new meaning and life in this exhibition by Line Depping. A minimalist line of wooden objects and limited edition furniture touch the core and emphasizes the simple beauty and essence of somewhat undistinguished, figurative elements of daily life. Still Life has been conceived for Galerie Maria Wettergren, and represents Line Depping’s first solo exhibition in France.

When entering the gallery, the first thing you notice is an ode to the poet’s desk and chair, which, classic yet refined in shape and made in maplewood, leave room to think, work and write. The idea of creating a holistic installation mimicking a harmonic, austere room derives from an on-going interest in Japanese minimalism, quality, craftsmanship and aesthetic sustainability. Depping presents this curated selection of limited edition furniture, which holds the most basic needs such as resting, storing and sitting, and forms an ascetic and meditative room for life. The bench, table, chair and cloth hanger are crafted with a precision accentuating the embedded qualities, texturality and tones of the oregon pine and maplewood. The flawless, appealing forms emerge somewhat intuitively while in the process, because for Depping, time, precision and ease are vital elements when creating. 

Distorting the objects with precision

Her works exudes an obvious and enduring sensitivity and attention to the processing, which is translated directly into the furniture and objects on display in Still Life: At first glance the forms are subtle, strict and almost quiet, but on further inspection you will notice refined details twisting the straightforwardness. The stringent, rounded wooden objects bear references to recognizable items of use such as combs and brushes of various shapes and sizes, but in the hands of Line Depping, proportions are lovingly twisted and layers of refinement in shape and scale are added and thus, released from their original functionality, they become purely sculptural items. A fan is amplified in volume, a comb now hangs on the wall as a relief, a cloth hanger has massive feat, the table and chair has beautiful inward lines and a characteristic, offbeat yellow colour subtly breaks with the blissful, gauzy expression. 

Text by Henriette Noermark

Thanks to The National Workshops, The Danish Design Council, Nationalbankens Jubilæumsfond, Kvadrat