Nordic Traces: Cathrine Raben Davidsen and Kia Utzon-Frank

Cathrine Raben Davidsen and Kia Utzon-Frank are sharing snapshots from their lives and their creative spaces to mark the launch of Oak Volume 9.

Historical accounts, works of fiction and mythological material combined with personal memory often form the point of departure for the work of Danish artist Cathrine Raben Davidsen. Raben Davidsen trained at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and at academies in Holland and Italy. Behind her she has a succession of museum exhibitions in Denmark and internationally. Raben Davidsen is represented in a wide range of museums and well reputed private collections. She has made costumes and sets for the Royal Danish Ballet and has been awarded many pres­ti­gious prizes and grants.

Designer and goldsmith Kia Utzon-Frank is the founder of KUFstudios, a multi disciplinary design brand created to contain her versatile practise. KUFstudios is responsible for KUFtwist, a cordless window blind system which can be manipulated to create unique patterns of light and shade, a delicate array of silver and gold pieces for her KUFjewellery system, as well as her renowned KUFcakes: Brazilian roll-cakes disguised as geometric marble sculptures, amongst many more spell-binding designs.

To celebrate the launch of Volume 9: The Creative Spaces Issue, Oak invited Cathrine and Kia to create a visual diary of their creative spaces and their recent inspirations. From the stunning sculptures found in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek to the streets of East London – the images that Cathrine and Kia shared with Oak offer an insight into the places that inspire and nurture them in order to make the two women the innovative forces in art and design they are today.

Read Oak’s exclusive features on Cathrine Raben Davidsen and Kia Utzon-Frank in Volume 9. Visit Oak’s Instagram @oakthenordicjournal to see more, and follow Cathrine Raben Davidsen @cathrinerabendavidsen , and Kia Utzon-Frank @kufstudios.

This is part of a project with The Nordics – an initiative exploring the global resonance of the Nordic region. In the upcoming weeks, Oak will continue to host visual dialogues between leading Nordic creatives featured in Oak Volume 9, as well as bringing together key thinkers for inspiring panel discussions that will continue to live on as podcasts.

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