Even Granite Crumbles by Amalie Vöge Jensen. Photo: Ole Akhøj

Even Granite Crumbles by Amalie Vöge Jensen. Photo: Ole Akhøj

Even Granite Crumbles

Amalie Vöge Jensen (DK)

22 February - 23 March 2023


Preview opening 22 February at 17.00–20.00

At 17.30, the exhibition is opened by ethnologist Marie Stilling (UiO)


With the exhibition Even Granite Crumbles, Amalie Vöge presents abstract interpretations of the concepts of time and home from a poetic and personal perspective. Ceramic objects are juxtaposed with granite sculptures and a video projected on a thin membrane of porcelain in an installation that examines transformations and time frames. Vöge explores the encounter of nature and psyche, of outer landscapes in hard granite, shaped by the Ice Age mantle and inner landscapes shaped by varying environments. New environments that make us feel like an ‘alien’ element and which need to be transformed before we can feel at home – in a new life and in ourselves.


Landscapes are in a constant state of geological change; temperature variations, water and wind will gradually cause mountainsides to erode – to crumble. This process brings out feldspar and kaolin, two minerals that make up the main components of stoneware clay and porcelain. The objects in the exhibition are made of granite, stoneware and porcelain – hard materials shaped into soft forms. This contrast between hard and soft relates to the soft exhibition themes of home, body, nurture - as well as the absence of these phenomena. 


Amalie Vöge Jensen’s sculptural expression is abstract-figurative, her works storytelling. Several of the sculptures in the exhibition were inspired by the sea hare. This sea slug that does not have an outer shell, but inside its body, it carries remnants from a time when it still grew and carried its own house on its back. When the slug dies, and the soft tissue decomposes, its internal home appears in the form of a shell that we might find washed up on the beach. Like the soft amorphous body of the sea slug, Vöge’s sculptures also involve the contrast between appealingly cute and disturbingly undefinable.

Even Granite Crumbles by Amalie Vöge Jensen. Photo: Ole Akhøj.

Even Granite Crumbles by Amalie Vöge Jensen. Photo: Ole Akhøj.

Even Granite Crumbles by Amalie Vöge Jensen. Photo: Ole Akhøj.

Even Granite Crumbles by Amalie Vöge Jensen. Photo: Ole Akhøj.

Amalie Vöge Jensen (b. 1992) graduated as an MFA from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts in 2023 and holds a BA from the Royal Danish Academy – Design, Bornholm from 2019. Vöge has participated in several exhibitions in the Nordic region: the Biennale for Crafts & Design, Copenhagen (DK, 2023); Nitja Senter for Samtidskunst, Oslo (NO, 2023); Haugar Art Museum, Tønsberg (NO, 2022); Höganäs Konsthall, Höganäs (SE, 2022); Birkerød Gl. Præstegaard, Birkerød (DK, 2022); Galleri Seilduken, Oslo (NO, 2021); Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition, Copenhagen (DK, 2020).


Vöge received support from the Danish Arts Foundation’s project fund for this exhibition.

Even Granite Crumbles by Amalie Vöge Jensen. Photo: Ole Akhøj.

Even Granite Crumbles by Amalie Vöge Jensen. Photo: Ole Akhøj.

Even Granite Crumbles by Amalie Vöge Jensen. Photo: Ole Akhøj.

Even Granite Crumbles by Amalie Vöge Jensen. Photo: Ole Akhøj.