Etiyé Dimma Poulsen

Etiyé Dimma Poulsen Etiyé Dimma Poulsen

Etiyé Dimma Poulsen (born 1968) is an Ethiopian-born Danish sculptor known for her work in ceramics.


Until she was six, Poulsen lived in Ethiopia, moving to Tanzania and then Kenya with her adoptive parents. They were Danes, and moved the family to Denmark when she was fourteen. There she studied art history in college and taught art in various youth programs. Initially focusing on painting landscapes using oil on canvas,[1] her interest in creating primitive art spurred her move to France[2] at 23 and began working with clay; currently, she lives and works at a studio in Antwerp, Belgium.

Her inspiration comes from traditional statues or tribal styles but with her own feelings and memories worked into them.[2] "What really seduces me is the different variations of human features," Poulsen remarks. "The more simple and sober my forms are, the more expressive they seem. If you take a close look at the sculptures, you'll be surprised to find that the expressions on the faces are actually generated merely by a cracked line that traces an eye or a wrinkle....It seems as if exactly through corrosion and fragmentation, the opposite--life--emerges."


Poulsen is most known for creating filiform ceramic sculptures. "Her technique consists of applying a thin layer of clay on an iron mesh to produce, when fired, worn-out looking ‘primitive’ figures. The cracks that occur form an eye or a wrinkle, contributing to the expressions on the faces; thus strong and delicate features are achieved simultaneously." [3]

Poulsen's work is in the collection of the National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC.


Solo Exhibitions

2010: Galerie d'Haudrecy Knockke, Galerie Claudine, Legrand Paris

2009: Galerie Geneviève Godard Lille, Willem Elias Woluwe Belgium, Galerie Strenger Tokyo Japan, Centre d'Art André Malraux Colmar

2008: Galerie Strenger, Tokyo, Japan, Joie Lassiter Gallery Charlotte U.S.A, Pappirfabrikken Silkeborg Denmark, Parlement Européen, Charteaux d'Hardelay Les Herbiers, Womanhood Hood Museum New Hampshire, Worldbank Washington U.S.A

2007: UNESCO Paris, Kolonienpaleis Tervuren Belgium, Musée Maurice Denis, Paris, D'Haudrecy Art Gallery Knokke Zoute Belgium, Wertz Contemporary Gallery, Atlanta Georgia, Galerie Claudine Legrand Paris, Galerie Elfie Bohrer Banstetten, Zurich, Switzerland

2006: Skoto Gallery, New York, Galerie Capazza, Nancay, France, Centre Culturel Scharpoord Knokke, Belgium, Galerie des Emibois, Switzerland

2005: Galerie Claudine Legrand, Paris, Wertz contemporary Gallery Atlanta, USA, Gallery Knud Grothe Charlottenlund, Denmark, Gallery Marc Van Meensel, Holland Art Fair Den Haag, Galerie Hamlin Honfleur, France, Galerie Claudine Legrand, Paris, Lineart Gent, Belgium, Galerie 23 Amsterdam

2003: St’art 2003, Strasbourg, Gallery Knud Grothe Charlottenlund, Denmark, Smithsonian Museum of African Art,Washington, Galerie des Emibois, Switzerland, Galerie Hamelin Honfleur, France, Gallery MAM, Douala, Cameroon, MOBA Gallery, Belgium

2002: Alliance Française, Ethiopia, Galerie Claudine Legrand, Paris

2001: Gallery MAM, Douala, Cameroon, St’art 2001, Strasbourg, October Gallery, London, Château des Carmes, La Flèche, France

2000: Biennale Dakar, Hamelin Gallery, Honfleur, Galerie Capazza, Nancy, France, Galerie Claudine Legrand, Paris

1999: Galerie Geneviève Godar, Lille, Galerie des Emibois, Switzerland, Maison de la Céramique,, Mulhouse

1998: Arts Pluriels, Abidjan, Ivory Coast, MAM, Douala, Cameroon, Galerie Claudine Legrand, Paris

1997: Bomani Gallery, San Francisco, Afrique en Création, Ministry of Cooperation, Centre Wallonie, Brussels, Galerie Claudine Legrand, Paris

1996: Centre Culturel, Meudon, Paris, Galerie Hamelin, Honfleur, Galerie Geneviève Godar, Lille

1994: Centre Culturel La Nacelle, Aubergenville, France

1989: Industrial Space Dong, Copenhagen, Denmark

2004: Museum of World Culture, Göteborg, Sweden, Lille Art Fair, Galerie Hamlin, Galerie Geneviève Godar, Lille, Galerie Claudine Legrand, Paris, St’art 2004, Galerie Hamlin, Strasbourg

Joint Exhibitions

2010: Beddington Fine Art Bargemon, Joint Exhibition with Christian Destieu 21 August - 16 October 2010, Group Sculpture Beddington Fine Art 10th Anniversary Exhibition Gallery Garden Bargemon from the 26th of June 2010, Galerie Elfie Bohrer Zurich

2007: Terre Noire "Ousmane Sow et les tendances de la sculpture africaine d'aujourd'hui", Musée Départemental Maurice Denis, St- Germain- en Laye

2006: Les 4 Saisons, L'Hiver Inge Horup & Etiyé Dimma Poulsen Beddington Fine Art Bargemon

Museum Collections

The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, USA, The Hans Bogatzke Collection of Contemporary African Art, Germany, The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, Newark Museum, New Jersey, Hood Museum, Hanover, New Hampshire, La Piscine, Roubaix, France

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