The Danish artist and metal fabricator Alberte Tranberg’s work anticipates how we perceive tactile experiences with our entire bodies and how we react to our surroundings. Based in Philadelphia, she makes and develops her work in the large-scale, gritty environment of her workshop. Tranberg’s work as an artist is predominantly developed through the tension between craft and industrial manufacturing. Her method is grounded in a deep knowledge of metal fabrication, allowing her to break the rules confidently.
Tranberg describes metal work as a dance between the artist and the material, where the latter directs the process. It is up to the maker to observe how the metal responds to her tools and impression, ultimately, what the material wants to. Her method is grounded in a deep knowledge of the craft of metal fabrication, allowing her to break the rules confidently. “My more industrious experience as a metal worker has taught me a lot of skills in fabrication, and how to do things the ‘right way’. I like to play around and subvert that notion - and do things the ‘wrong’ way,” Tranberg explains.