Gunilla Maria Åkesson

The universal and basic forms have always been important to me in my work. The forms that represent the eternal existence that you never need to question. We all have a relationship to them, we all recognize them, they are closest to archetypes in our subconscious memory and, also physically, in our body memory. They are anonymous, almost neutral, they blend into their surroundings, and we take them easily for granted. But, in their anonymity, we can experience the shapes being noticeably present. The shapes are already there, we don’t really need to create them again, but we keep repeating them, giving them new life and content.

It is precisely these eternal, classical shapes, which we accept as something natural, that have always fascinated me.

We are constantly re-using these neutral forms for our own purposes, no matter what time we live in. In this way, we continue to give them new life.

This basic simplicity has always aroused a sense of satisfaction in me. Something that intuitively comes from a source which I can feel is present. Like the forms as archetypes are a part of me as my natural shape and body memory.

There I find the simplicity, the clarity, the time, the obvious, where you do not need to add or remove anything. Everything is as it should be. When it happens, it is what appears to me to be beautiful. It is something that feels completely natural.
This is where I want my Vessels to be.

That is why I continue to build my Vessels, because, somewhere in me, it gives me a great satisfaction and a sense of being part of a larger story in the past, present and future.