Dimensions: 250cm (H) x 35cm (W) / 98.4" (H) x 13.8" (W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
"The mother of the sea suffered with the misdeeds of man on earth and as punishment gathered all the animals of prey in her fiery splendor at the bottom of the sea. When the "Blind" fisherman came down there to make amends, he straightened her hair, collected the dirt in a pile and then threw it away. At the same moment, everything came to life and everything on earth was again in balance. That's roughly how a passage from the legend of the Mother of the Sea sounds, probably the most famous story among the Greenlandic myths and legends.”
The Greenlandic myth is used as a source of inspiration for the work Continuum, which was created for the largest free publicly accessible outdoor exhibition in the world, namely Sculpture by the Sea, where the work won the Danish, Australian, New Zealand Friendship Association's artist award for best work of art.
The sculpture is poetic with references to both life and growth as well as change and fragility and is meant to be a symbol of hope and balance.
Based in: Copenhagen
Danish/Australian sculptor, textile designer and ceramicist Naja Utzon Popov was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1973 into a family of artists. She inherited her creative genes from her grandfather, Jørn Utzon, a Danish architect known for designing the iconic Sydney Opera House in Australia; her mother, prominent Danish artist Lin Utzon; and her father, acclaimed Australian architect Alex Popov.
Naja’s childhood years in Denmark have always been an important source of inspiration for her work, as were the years she spent in Australia studying drawing, painting and etching at the Julian Ashton Art School. After moving to England, Naja continued her formal artistic training with a BA in Ceramics at the University of Westminster School of Media and Design. Today, she lives in her native Denmark and works out of her studio in central Copenhagen.
Najas influences from nature and her travels find expression in her work, where she translates her encounters with nature into textiles, glassware, ceramics and sculptures. By adding her own personal touch to works that beautifully combine contemporary design with Mother Nature’s gifts, Naja carries on the family tradition of creating outstanding art.
Naja has created gravity-defying clay sculptures for the Rosendahl A/S corporate headquarters in Copenhagen and a presentation sculpture was commissioned by the Institute of Architects in Barcelona in honour of architect Saenz de Oiza. A monumental outdoor sculpture entitled 'Gathering', which rises from the ground like ancient columns formed from Welsh slate, was commissioned for the corporate collection of the Danish organisation, Humana. One of her more recent project of a sculpture installation was for art collectors Sheela & Ivan Levys new restaurant in Palma de Mallorca, Fera Restaurant. Other sculptures and installations have been purchased by the likes of Saks Fifth Avenue, Bodegas Ribas vineyard in Spain, Lovell Chen Architects and the new hospital wing in Copenhagens Royal hospital designed by 3xN Architects, to name but a few.
Bespoke retail design projects include an exquisite line of glassware for Zone A/S, sushi dinner service for UK sushi chain Feng Sushi and two exclusive ranges of high-quality floor rugs commissioned by the specialist retailer, Carl Hansen & Son in Denmark, as well as an outdoor rug series made from recycled plastic for Swedish rug company Triton Rugs. Naja has worked directly with architects and interior designers to create unique and site-specific artworks, murals and floor art in the form of rugs.
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