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ARCHIVE OF THE SEA

Malene Kyed (born 16 April 1968 in Kolding) is a Danish visual artist based in Gudhjem, on the Baltic island of Bornholm. She graduated from the Royal Academy (Denmark’s School of Design) in 1999 and was a student at Krabbesholm College, Istituto Europeo di arti operative, Perugia.

.Malene Kyed’s motifs are inspired by life in the sea, the evolution of life and the relationship btw. human beings and the development of marine species – for better or for worse.

.She has become known for her fish skeletons – an art project under the title “ARCHIVE OF THE SEA”. In recent years, her primary medium has been engraving on mirrors, where the viewer reflects himself in the creatures from the sea.

The mirrors are made of stainless steel polished to the extreme.

Photo: Mette Mærsk

PRICELIST

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MEDIA

The techniques and materials used are defining. Malene engraves on highly polished stainless steel with the century-old chiaroscuro drawing technique and produces copper etchings following 17th century techniques. The steel used in the mirror pieces is of the highest quality. The paper used, in more conventional pieces, is from the oldest still working paper mill in France.

All motifs are drawn with extreme attention to detail. All motifs are drawn with free hand.

PRICELIST

“ANGLERFISH SKELETON”. Mirrorpiece. Skeleton of anglerfish. Signature engraved. Polished stainless steel. Measurement: 77 x 62 cm. Price 26.000,- DKK

“EUROPEAN EEL SKELETON”. Mirrorpiece. With brackets so it can be hung directly on the wall. Engraved with signature. Measurement: 123 x 19 cm Price 16.500,- DKK

“TALL LOLIGO SQUID”. Mirrorpiece. With brackets so it can be hung directly on the wall. Engraved with signature. Measurement: 123 x 19 cm Price 16.500,- DKK

“SKELETON OF EEL”. Mirrorpiece. “The European eel travels 5000 km to spawn”. Polished stainless steel. Measurement: 56 x 20 cm. Price 5.300,- DKK

“LOLIGO – WITH NOTES”. Mirrorpiece. The only species of squid in Danish oceans. Signature engraved. Polished stainless steel. Measurement: 56 x 20 cm. Price 5.300,- DKK

“SKELETON OF GARFISH”. Mirrorpiece. Engraved with signature. Measurement: 123 x 19 cm Price 16.500,- DKK

“SKELETON OF EUROPEAN EEL”. Mirrorpiece. With brackets so it can be hung directly on the wall. “The European eel travels 5.000 km to spawn – all the way pass the Sargasso Sea”. Polished stainless steel. Measurement: 30 x 175 cm. Price 28.000,- DKK

“GOBY OF SKELETON”. Mirrorpiece. With brackets so it can be hung directly on the wall. Signature engraved. Polished stainless steel. Measurement: 33 x 123 cm. Price 22.000,- DKK

“SKELETON OF HERRING – HORISONTAL”. Mirrorpiece. Engraved with signature. Measurement: 33 x 123 cm Price 22.000,- DKK

SNAPSHOTS FROM D’ANGLETERRE

Below some snapshots from the exhibition.

THE UNIVERSE OF MALENE KYED

Malene says:

All the world’s living creatures, including us, have our genetic roots in a common ancestor; an ancestor that came from the sea, from the boiling primordial soup that covered our planet four billion years ago.

I zoom in on the details of what we call life. With pen or etching needle, I draw myself deep into the structures that make up the basic elements of an anatomy’s construction.

I draw and observe the wonders of the sea, the fantastic creations of the evolution and human moods expressed in these creations.

This exploration has resulted in many projects presented here.

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