Yuki Ferdinandsen was born in 1958 in Japan but is currently working in Denmark where she is dedicated to creating art deco pieces very distinctive from what we are used to see.
“I create my works with a fusion of a traditional Japanese artisan technique, arare, and Danish modern design, in mind.”
In Japanese ’arare’ (霰, あられ) means ’hail.’ In Yuki Ferdinandsen’s work, ’arare’ refers to a metalworking technique that produces a richly textured surface that appears to have been impacted by thousands of tiny hailstones. She hammers out each dent by hand onto a silver surface (roughly 20 blows are required to create a single one of the spherical markings and give them a polished finish) in a painstaking process she describes as a rhythmic ’hammer dance’.
“I enjoy every stroke, and every strike is followed by a step of the foot. This is work that never suffers from fatigue. I feel every sound of the rhythm of my ‘hammer’s dance’ in the whole of my body and within my soul.” states the artist.
“Through my life in Denmark and in the Danish culture, I see Japan through a Danish filter. I want to sense these two vastly different cultures and allow them to re-arrange naturally.
Yuki’s inspiration always comes from nature, expressed through the Fibonacci sequence. With her hammer, with its small bumps, she forms a plate of silver; this solid piece has a floating appearance while retaining flexibility. It has durability, weight, light, reflection, contrast, and silver’s unique brilliance. Silver’s gloss is hot and cold simultaneously – it is this gloss and disposition that is the charm of working with silver.”