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Yuki Ferdinandsen (Japanese, b. 1958) is a metalsmith artist living and working in Denmark whose refined minimalist works embody the aesthetics and traditional craftsmanship of her native Japan as distilled through a Danish lens. Working primarily in silver, she draws inspiration from nature as well as the Fibonacci system of spirals. Ferdinandsen’s work demonstrates a profound relationship to her material; the organic forms are articulated with rhythmic patterns created by the “arare” technique, by which raised dots are created through multiple strikes of a chasing hammer. Approximately 20 hits are required to create each bead-like protrusion, and the meditative and repetitive nature of the process imbues her works with an ethereal quality.
A subtle and nuanced play of light and shadow also emerges on the textured surfaces of the vessels, complemented by a semi-matte, whitened silvery finish achieved through an acid solution bath. Ferdinandsen describes her process in this way: “Every sound in the rhythm of my ‘hammer’s dance’ I feel in the whole of my body and enjoy within my soul. This is work that never suffers from fatigue.”
Ferdinandsen studied at the Saga Junior College of Art, and the Tsuibu Metal Art School, both in Kyoto, Japan. She has exhibited throughout Japan, Scandinavia and Europe, and her work has been placed in both private and public collections including the Danish Design Museum, Copenhagen, and The National Museum, Stockholm.


Yuki Ferdinandsen

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Yuki Ferdinandsen lives and breathes her work in silver. She no longer hears the noisy hammer blows as she works in her studio; rhythm and sound accompany each other in meditative waves, surrounding her and resonating inside as integral parts of her person and artist. Silver has been Ferdinandsen’s material for the past 40 years, and her refined hollowware objects represent a fusion of Japan and Denmark through the ARARE technique. In her own words, she sees Denmark through a Japanese lens, and vice versa. And it truly feels as if the two countries have fused into one in Ferdinandsen’s silver objects, which draw on the samurais’ nearly 400-year-old defensive technique of hammering round chased bumps on their armor to fend off the enemy’s arrows. Ferdinandsen took this historical and legendary technique and made it her own, creating her singular expression after diminishing the size of the bumps. Now, they appear as graphic dots, which are first drawn on the back of the silver and then hammered, one by one. Twenty blows per bump. An impressive piece such as “Silence”, which has 4,048 bumps, requires 80,960 hammer blows – or four months’ full-time, concentrated work in the studio. But it is intended to be hard work, intense and challenging, requiring complete focus and discipline. Ferdinandsen finds the work relaxing, even if that may seem like a contradiction in terms. But when you are your material and your process, and the result sets the bar so extremely high, that makes sense. Ferdinandsen enjoys every stroke and every sound and taps her foot to the rhythm, joy rippling throughout her being. Her ambition and her work never suffer from fatigue. This is her Hammer Dance, and this is how she works. Ferdinandsen’s sculptures are the ultimate in refinement of technique and material, and their aesthetic balances those of Danish Modern and contemporary design. For decades she has earned recognition and accolades from around the world for her unique designs in silver, a material that is simultaneously cool and warm, matte and shiny. Her works have weight and volume but also shimmer with an ethereal quality when light reflects on their surface. Yuki Ferdinandsen makes her own tools, and her studio is full of punches in different sizes. Chasing a flower — another technique she uses in addition to ARARE — can require up to 30 punches in different sizes. Unable to leave that degree of precision to anyone else, she personally designs all her own punches. The works carry titles with meditative references to nature and the world around her, such as Silence, Sound of Ocean and Hanabi (Japanese for fireworks). The Fibonacci sequence is a natural phenomenon that informs Ferdinandsen’s practice; the innermost and outermost circles of a design comprise the same number of dots, producing a visual impression of infinity — meticulously chased silver dots in a never-ending circle dance. In recent years, she has begun to subject the Fibonacci sequence to tiny disruptions, challenging expectations ever so slightly while her signature essence remains intact and recognizable in the new interpretation. The countless dots may seem insignificant, but together, they are invincible, an army of tiny, high-precision silver bumps, a sublime manifestation of Ferdinandsen’s mind and spirit.

  • Date/

    2021

  • Color/

    Grey

  • Edition/

    Unique

  • Exclusive/

    Yes

  • Material/

    Silver

  • Dimension/

    29.2 x 10.2 x 33.0 cm (11.5 x 4.0 x 13.0 in)

  • Style/

    Contemporary

  • Heritage/

    Denmark

  • Ships from/

    LA


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