Anja Hessler Kent, United Kingdom
I am a German born artist, designer and metalsmith based in Ramsgate. I create moving sculptures from precious metals, aluminium, copper, steel, acrylic and wood. Inspired by the Bauhaus aesthetic and its focus on simplicity, uniting art and craftsmanship; my work explores materials, shape, textures, balance, light and movement in space.
My artistic journey is deeply influenced by Minimalism and the concept of Design as Art, drawing inspiration from the Modernist movement, particularly the Bauhaus philosophy, which emphasises the fusion of art, design, and craftsmanship.
Captivated by the clean lines, symmetry, and spatial relationships found in architectural design, my intention is to transcend the conventional boundaries of sculpture, providing a sensorial experience that engages both visual and tactile senses. Inspired by both organic and geometric forms, my aim is to strike a harmonious balance between precision and spontaneity in my work. Each sculpture undergoes meticulous construction, with careful consideration given to the arrangement and alignment of its components. Yet, I also embrace the element of chance, allowing the mobiles to take on a life of their own as they interact with their environment.
My artistic process is a mix of technical precision, emotional connection, and a deliberate exploration of how materials change over time. I prefer using traditional techniques to shape everything by hand, which helps me feel more connected to the materials I use.
Working with metal is a personal and expressive journey for me. I really enjoy the art of manipulating it, using oxidation techniques to reveal the signs of ageing. This technique adds depth, texture, and character to my sculptures, giving them a sense of history and storytelling. It's a process that elevates each piece, making them genuinely unique and meaningful.
Projects and exhibitions
10/03/2021 — 23/03/2021
Solo Exhibition “CONSTELLATION” is a series of moving sculptures exploring materials, shape, textures, balance, light and movement in space, inspired by the Bauhaus movement combining art with craftsmanship and its focus on linear and geometrical forms.
The sculptures are one of a kind, handcrafted from sterling silver, copper,...[Read more]
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