Malene Kastalje is a jewellery artist, based in Copenhagen, Denmark. She studied at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts - School of Design completing an MA in experimental furniture and sculpture. The artist is represented at The Danish State Arts Foundation, Trapholt Museum of Fine Art and has received several fundings. Malene is a sensible explorer investigating her surroundings, letting the materials absorb whatever she goes through.
StatementThrough transformative material experiments, I approach a seductive alienness. I move in a tactile tension between repulsive and attractive, where poisonous growths are reminders of unknown layers. I am intrigued by a sensuous rawness and a state of disintegration. Moments from my past and my present are collected to create pieces that contain different sensations and abstract stories.
My pieces aim to communicate emotionally while reminding of something uncomfortable and imperfect, as well as triggering a feeling of preciousness. They are built up slowly, intuitively, sculpting and controlling the material, while in other parts of the process, letting the material take over and leaving space for a refined and subtle surprise.
Making wearable objects are for me a way of communicating and making contact on a nonverbal and sensuous level and it is my hope that my pieces will make a tactile spark of emotions that reach behind the surface of the people they come in contact with.
Exhibition 08 Oct 2021 - 10 Nov 2021 Painful Hope in Madrid.
Exhibition 13 Mar 2021 - 01 Aug 2021 Danish Jewellery Box, Contemporary Jewellery Design.
Exhibition 12 Dec 2020 - 13 Feb 2021 Painful Hope.
Exhibition 14 May 2020 - 06 Jun 2020 BEIGE.
Exhibition 10 Mar 2020 - 14 Jun 2020 Works and Days. In dialogue across time and space.
Exhibition 18 Oct 2019 - 28 Oct 2019 Beijing International Jewelry Art Exhibition 2019.
Exhibition 14 Mar 2019 - 16 Mar 2019 Hatara Project. Time Perceptions 5.
Exhibition 04 Oct 2018 - 04 Nov 2018 METALLOphone 4: Signature.
Exhibition 20 Sep 2018 - 11 Nov 2018 Gioielli in Fermento in Padua.
Fair 23 May 2018 - 30 May 2018 Athens Jewelry Week 2018.
Award 13 May 2018 - 28 May 2018 Gioielli in Fermento Award 2018 8th edition.
Exhibition 13 May 2018 - 27 May 2018 Gioielli in Fermento 2018 Exhibition.
Exhibition 26 Apr 2018 - 28 Apr 2018 Chaos in Valencia.
Exhibition 07 Mar 2018 - 10 Mar 2018 Hatara Project. Time Perception Vol.4.
Exhibition 07 Mar 2018 - 10 Mar 2018 Chaos in Munich.
Exhibition 16 Dec 2017 - 24 Feb 2018 Chaos in Lille.
Exhibition 22 Jun 2017 - 10 Sep 2017 Olo - Maerkbart.
Exhibition 18 May 2017 - 06 Jun 2017 The After Joya Effect IV.
Exhibition 30 Mar 2017 - 30 Mar 2017 Exposicão de Inauguracão.
Galeria Alice Floriano, São Paulo, Brazil
Galeria Alice Floriano, São Paulo, Brazil
Exhibition 29 Sep 2016 - 01 Oct 2016 Selected Artists JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery Fair 2016.
Exhibition 21 Apr 2016 - 24 Apr 2016 The Legacy Collection at The Melting Point 2016.
Exhibition 06 Feb 2016 - 31 Dec 2016 Impressions 2016. The Permanent.
Exhibition 08 Oct 2015 - 10 Oct 2015 The Legacy Award by Alliages at Joya Barcelona.
Open call 02 Oct 2015 - 16 Oct 2015 Beijing International Jewelry Art Biennial 2015.
Exhibition 20 Feb 2013 - 23 Mar 2013 Projeto Corrente/Chain Project.
Catalogue: JaMS the Jewelry and Metals Survey. Society of North American Goldsmiths: USA, 2019
Catalogue: JaMS the Jewelry and Metals Survey. Society of North American Goldsmiths: USA, 2018
Catalogue: JaMS the Jewelry and Metals Survey. Society of North American Goldsmiths: USA, 2017
Catalogue: The Legacy Award 2015. France, 2016
Book: Danish Design Now. Strandberg Publishing: Denmark, 2016
Book: Showcase 500 Rings. New Directions in Art Jewelry. Metcalf, Bruce; Le Van, Marthe. Lark Crafts: Asheville, 2012
Book: New Scandinavian Design. Raul Cabra and Katherine E. Nelson. Chronicle Books: USA, 2004
Book: Ø design – en guide til form runt sundet. Ingrid Sommar and Åke E:son Lindman. Wahlström & Widstrand: Sweden, 2000
Book: Dansk Kunst 1998. Weirup, Torben. Kunstbogklubben: Denmark, 1998
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