The Contemporary Art Society has recently acquired the work of Danish artist Bodil Manz through the Omega Fund for The Collection and Usher Gallery, Lincoln. Employing a style inspired by Mondrian and Malevich, Manz brings geometric abstract art to the ceramic surface, incorporating the effects of shadow and light through the wafer-thin porcelain.
In Rain, the outer surface is decorated with very fine blue lines and vertical slits allowing the light to pass through the vessel, emphasising its translucency and creating interplay between inside and out. The rim is emboldened with a dark glaze.
Rain relates well to the ceramic collections in the Usher Gallery. The simplicity of form and colour links to the oriental ceramics and other contemporary craft pieces. Manz has also been influenced by the Danish landscape, reminiscent in parts to the Lincolnshire landscape with its big, open skies.