Leaning Houses

Lena Henke


For Vleeshal, Henke developed new ceramic sculptures entitled Leaning Houses. The artist is fascinated by Surrealism and in particular by the art movement’s close relationship to psychoanalysis and the way in which of humor and the subconscious are at play. In 2016, she visited the Bomarzo Garden in Italy, a garden of grotesque sculptures commissioned by Pier Francesco Orsini in the 16th century. For a previous exhibition, Henke made a ceramic miniature of the ‘crooked house’ (1552) that is part of Orsini's sculpture garden. This game with size and perception was the starting point for this new work.

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