Etiyé Dimma Poulsen

Femme Chauve (right)
69 x 12 x 10 cm; foot 15 x 15
clay on metal
Raku firing between 1000 and 1100°
Ashanti woman (left)
63 x 12 x 10 cm; foot 15 x 15
Same technique

All photos: Bert De Backer

52 x 40 x 14 cm
Same technique
Femme aux cauries
48 x 16 x 13 cm
Same technique
"I reinvent 'archetypes' of 'primitive art', totems if you want, from my own processing of matter, from my memory, my vague nostalgia, my longing for a continent that I left since ages. The soil of Africa.... But my work is not just African, there are some elements from ancient Greek art (Mycenaean), prehistoric Venuses, oriental art, etc.

I always try to make primordial figures, humans in their most naked, primitive being, as tokens of some basic existential condition: loneliness, fear, desire. But most of all: being there. Being part of, Going towards, a primordial presence, a trace of human culture on the face of planet earth. Each statue is a trace, more than a portrait. That is why I like my statues together, as a group, a community, a group of totems, a forest as well. For me making is a process, a stream. It is about the joy of living, of making. Even if the joy of life is by nature fleeting and transient, art should capture it in an enduring, eternal way. I hope my statues convey a sort of solidified ecstasy."

Etiyé Dimma Poulsen

1968 Born in Ethiopia
1974 Adopted in Tanzania
1975 English school in Kenya
1982 Primary and secondary school in Denmark
1988 Art history school in Denmark
1991 Installs her workshop in France
2003 Installs her workshop and lives in Belgium

Upcoming Exhibitions

2012 Galerie Capazza, Nancay France
2011 Bekris Gallery, San Fransisco
2010 Bedington Bargemon- August
Galerie Claudine Legrand Paris -11 march
Galerie de l'anciennePosteToucy - 22 may
Galerie Rosenhauer, Goettingen Deutschland - 2 may

Personal Exhibitions

2010 Galerie GG. Bohrer, Bonstetten Zürich
2009 Centre d'art André Malraux Colmar
Musée Théodore Deck Guebwiller
Gallery Christa's Fine Art, Kopenhagen
Galerie Genevieve Godard, Lille
Willem Elias Woluwe
Galerie Strenger, Tokyo
Bekris Gallery, San Fransisco
2008 Galerie Strenger, Tokyo Japan
Joie Lassiter Gallery Charlotte USA
Galerie Claudine Legrand, Paris
Papirfabrikken Silkeborg Denmark
Charteauxd'Ardelay Les Herbiers
Womanhood Hood Museum New Hampshire
Worldbank Washington USA
2007 Koloniënpaleis Tervuren, Belgium
Galerie D'Haudrecy-Knokke Belgium
Musée Maurice Denis, Paris France
Galerie Elfie Bohrer, BonstettenSwitserland
Galerie Claudine Legrand Paris
Wertz Contemporary Atlanta (US)
2006 Skoto Gallery, New York (US)
Galerie Capazza, Nancay France
Centre Culturel Scharpoord, Knokke (Belgium)
Galerie Des Emibois (Switserland)
2005 Wertz contemporary gallery Atlanta (US)
Gallery Knud Grothe, Charlottenlund, Denmark
Gallery Marc Van Meensel, Holland Art Fair Den Haag
Galerie Hamlin Honfleur , France
Galerie Claudine Legrand, Paris
Lineart Gent, Belgium
Galerie 23, Amsterdam
2004 Museum of World Culture, Göteborg , Sweden
Lille Art Fair Galerie Hamlin
Galerie Genevieve Godar Lille
Galerie Claudine Legrand Paris
St'art 2004 Galerie Hamlin Strasbourg
2003 St'art Strasbourg
Gallery Knud Grothe, Charlottenlund, Denmark
Smithsonian Museum of African Art Washington (EU)
Galerie des Emibois, Switserland
Galerie Hamlin, Honfleur , France
Galery MAM, Douala, Cameroun
MOBA Gallery Brussels
2002 Alliance Française, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
Galerie Claudine Legrand, Paris
2001 Gallery MAM, Douala, Cameroun
St'art 2001 Strasbourg
October Gallery, London, Angleterre
Artist in residence, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
Château des Carmes-La Flèche
2000 Biennale of Dakar
Galerie Hamlin Honfleur , France
Galerie Claudine Legrand, Paris
Galerie Capazza, Nançay, France

Museums Collections

The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art (US)
Smithsonian, National Museum of African Art (US)
Hans Bogatzke , Collection of contemporary African art-Allemagne
Newark Museum New Jersey (US)
Hood Museum Hanover New Hampshire (US)
La Piscine Musée d'art Roubaix France
World bank Washington Collection
Musée Théodore Deck Guebwiller (France)


2003 'double je' Bernard Pivot Trophées of the French language 'Couleurs noirs' Film of Bérengère Casanova T.V. Brussels


2000 'EtiyéDimmaPoulsen'
2005 Femmes du Feu./ women of fire