Lena Hensel

1980 born in Berlin » 2000 – 2001 Internship at Rainer Fest‘s sculpture studio (glassworks) » 2001-2004 Academy of Visual Arts, Nürnberg, Bildhauerei » 2003-2007 Academy of Art Krakau, Bildhauerei (Diploma) » 2008 – 2015 Freelance artist - co-founder of the design studios Drache&Bär in Berlin » since Oktober 2015 Masters student at the University of Art and Design, Burg Giebichenstein Halle/Saale

Lena Hensel comes from the free art scene. After her studies in Nürnberg and Krakau she worked in Berlin in her studio together with a colleague. She is interested in the overlapping areas between design, craft and art. Her current masters program gives her the freedom to confront the material in an exploratory and creative way. Her interest in the „Spielraum“ symposium was motivated by this exploration. The title of the workshop has a pragmatic meaning for her. One of her priorities was the desire for creative leeway when considering the design and decoration of the pieces. She remained open-minded while playing with the forms and the coloured pattern designs in the work. The considerations given to Lena Hensel‘s individual pieces and more frequently object-groups are understandable: What impact does the decoration have? How do pattern and ornament influence the presence of the pieces and which combinations affect the narrative strength of the objects? Thus, for example, in the installation „Im Königreich der einfachen Antworten“, her own forms are combined with forms from the factory archive. The few black accents determine the aura of the arrangement – which is a play of shapes that seem somehow familiar to the observer. In her piece „Prophet“, Lena Hensel combines a vase created from her own design and a Kingfisher, from the factory that was created by the Triptis mould maker Jörg Kubusch. By combining these two, she formally leaves behind the area of simple vessel design. She finds role models for these narrative arrangements in the ostentatious princely tableware from the past. Lena Hensel denies the pomp not only with her simple shapes, but also with one fresh and daring line drawn on the body of the vase. The meaning is open to interpretation.


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