Almuth Tebbenhoff

When carving her sculptures, Almuth Tebbenhoff searches inside the stone. Starting with Carrara marble, she scoops, chisels and cuts into the sculpture, uncovering the delicate translucency of the rock beneath. It is this unusual excavating that reveals the crystalline structure of the stone and allows their internal glow to radiate through. Almuth’s pieces appear to be single, static objects that capture the ambiguity and uncertainty of the universe. By working with her hands to distil from the hard stone pieces that are truly mesmerising, Almuth not only celebrates the medium she works with but also the wonderful mysteries of life.

Born on a farm in North Germany, Almuth moved to England when she was 18. She trained in Ceramics at Sir John Cass School of Art in London from 1972-5. In the late Seventies Eduardo Paolozzi saw her work and invited her to the Royal College of Art, where she expanded her training. Her sculptures have been exhibited in Europe, the USA and Hong Kong. Almuth now works with steel, clay and, since 2006, with marble, following a scholarship with Studio Sem in Pietrasanta. She curated the Sculpture Show for Leicester University in 2012 and 2013 and received an Honorary Doctorate from Leicester University. She has been a Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors since 2003. 

http://www.tebbenhoff.org/

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