Ernst Gamperl at the V&A
Antonia Boström, Keeper of Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics & Glass at the V&A, talks with artist, Ernst Gamperl, about his turned wooden forms and the V&A’s acquisition of his work, a turned oak vessel.
Ernst Gamperl’s turned vessels are made from locally-grown European woods. He works with freshly-cut green wood - the wood shrinks as it dries, and this process is what determines each vessel's final form. The object's shape and surface are marked by the natural bulges, deformations and grain of the oak. These qualities have been accentuated by Gamperl, through the carving of thin parallel lines along the contours of the vessel. The textured surfaces and thin curves of this object suggest the lightness of a different material. At the same time, Gamperl reveals the intricate structure inherent in one specific piece of oak.