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Expressive Sculptures by Artist Lene Kilde

Courtesy of Lene Kilde

The sculptures of Norway-based Lene Kilde appear to defy gravity, an optical illusion that transports the viewer to a world of partially invisible children. Kilde uses concrete to sculpt children’s hands and feet, dressing them in fragments of metal mesh clothing that shape the empty space where the children’s bodies and faces are missing. According to a High Fructose article in 2017:

Kilde aims to invite the audience to use their own imagination so that they can complete the sculptures and fill in the lines and volume by themselves.

Through the playful postures of the sculptures, Kilde expresses how she perceives children’s body language to be their purest form of communication.

Kilde’s work has been featured in Norway and around the world, including an 8-tonne concrete sculpture of the Nutmeg Princess, a princess from a children’s fable, added to the Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park in 2015. Her work was presented at SCOPE Basel this June and she has an upcoming solo exhibition at the Lørenskog Art Center in Norway this August.

norway artist lene kilde metal concrete sculptures missing children body language

Screen shot of artist Lene Kilde’s home page. Courtesy of the artist.


About the Author

Hilary Edesess is a freelance journalist based in Marseille, France. She blogs about culture, art and urban design.

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