Malene Hartmann Rasmussen Explores the Sinister Side of Fairy Tales

The forest sculptures of Malene Hartmann Rasmussen, an artist based in Denmark, explores the sinister side of folk lore and fairy tales. The series is appropriately dubbed Nightfall and depicts such things as a basket full of colorful worms, strange plant life and more. Although there is a darkness to these forest sculptures, there is also some delicate about them.

In a way, the forest sculptures help solidify a larger metaphor. Rasmussen says, "The forest is a metaphor for the hidden realms of the unconscious mind, a social construction that simultaneously embraces the sinister darkness in which the savage and beastly thrive on the other hand the supernatural, romantic and nostalgic world of the fairy tale." Of course, they can be appreciated on their own as well.