Bodil Manz

Letter Rack 1671 & Bulletin Board 2015 – two cylinders in transparent porcelain ; A sea I do not wish to sail – stoneware dish with ceramic slip and glazes


Bodil Manz has created two cylinders in paperthin porcelain with patterns inspired by C.N. Gijsbrechts’ (ca. 1610-after 1675) letter rack, applied both to the inside and the outside. By lighting, the two surfaces merge into one and a conflated image appears.

“Gijsbrechts’ painting Trompe l’oeil of a Letter Rack with Christian V’s Proclamation (1671) has inspired me to produce two works. It is fascinating to ponder that the bulletin board was made in 1671, when in 2015 there is barely a kitchen without one. Because you need to identify, maintain and remember everything in relation to the flow of everyday life.”

The remarkable structure in August Strindberg’s (1849-1912) dramatic painting Storm in the Skerries (1892) has inspired Bodil Manz to apply powerful ceramic slips and glazes to a grand stoneware dish. Like an island positioned opposite the painting, the dish offers a counterweight to the rough seas and brushwork in Strindberg’s work.

Bodil Manz (*1943, DK) ceramist, educated from the Arts and Crafts School, Copenhagen 1961-1965, Escuela de Diseño y Artesanías, Mexico City 1966, Berkeley University´s Art Department, USA 1966.


Bodil Manz, Letter Rack 1671 & Bulletin Board 2015.
CC BY-SA 4.0

The artwork in the remix

Below you can see the artwork Bodil Manz has used in her remix:

Cornelius Norbertus Gijsbrechts, Trompe l'oeil of a Letter Rack with Christian V's Proclamation, 1671, KMS1902. 
Public Domain

The artwork in the remix

Below you can see the artwork Bodil Manz has used in her remix:

August Strindberg Swedish, Storm in the Skerries. "The Flying Dutchman", 1892. KMS3432
Public Domain