From an ironing board to a set of kitchen units and from a cheese grater to toothpaste, household items are a strong feature in Milena Anna Bouma’s brightly coloured work. She plays with the dimensions of these objects and places them outside their regular context. What type of situations does this create? And how do we relate to these everyday objects? Bouma welcomes surrealism and a sense of alienation.
When Bouma walked around Fort Ruigenhoek for the first time, she saw great potential in the bunkers’ dome-shaped cellars. She decided to work with a material she had never worked with before: ceramics. These past few months she has created no fewer than 32 ceramic objects, shaping them, drying, firing and glazing them. The result is something you won’t be able to get past so easily. We’ll wager that your jaw will drop in sheer amazement.
Milena Anna Bouma graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 2018. She has presented work at spaces including the Cacaofabriek in Helmond and De Oosterkerk in Amsterdam, and she is about to present a solo exhibition at the Chinese European Art Center in Xiamen, China.