Feminine detachment (1980) Per Abrams
Per Abramsen made high-quality, autonomous images for the gallery circuit. His autonomous work is often more expressive in nature. Like this image Feminine detachment, which Abramsen made as an autonomous work and was subsequently purchased for the Artotheek collection through the Visual Arts Regulation (BKR). It was later taken over by Hofwijk Crematorium, who placed it in the garden to the north-west of their auditorium building. There, the artwork has been given a beautiful public function in memory of stillborn babies from Rotterdam hospitals. The bronze plastic is 2.50 meters high and has an abstract shape. It is a woman's form, lying on a kind of folded bronze leaf, like an icarus-like figure. The fall of the figure fits the idea of death, but it is unclear whether the artist intended it that way. At the crematorium the plastic looks nice in a quiet environment, which gives the work a certain loneliness and romance.
Per Abramsen (Rotterdam, 1941 - Rotterdam, 2018) lived and worked in Rotterdam and southern France. He exhibited in Marseille, Paris, Philadelphia, New York, Basel, Chicago and in many Dutch museums. His work is in collections of national and international museums. Abramsen works with a combination of constructed and organic forms. Since 1990 he works with shadows, inspired by the bright light in the South of France. The interplay of light, form and shadow is important in Abramsen's work. He has made various works in public space. He participated in various cultural committees and boards in Rotterdam and was chairman of the Professional Association of Visual Artists (BBK). As an artist, he is affiliated with the RAM gallery, for which he also designed the interior in 2001.