This beautiful porcelain vase called 'Auf den Marmorklippen' is made by Babs Haenen in 1986. Its titel is derived from the novel 'Auf den Marmorklippen' by Ernst Jünger from 1939 and refers to the two marbled ridges on the front and back of the vase. The marble effect is achieved by mixing and rolling out black and white clay. The porcelain is coloured with oxides and body stains. Before Haenen studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, she was a ballet dancer. Her background in ballet can be seen in the vase: it stands on ballet shoes and moves upwards to a shape, or 'posture', with one high shoulder. The surface of the vase has folds, bumps and other bulges, characteristic for the work of Haenen. This is the result of shaping a plate of porcelain clay into a hollow form. The flamboyant and expressive designs of Haenen belong to the genre 'Organic Abstraction'. Form and structure merge together, which results in a dynamic interaction between interior and exterior. Haenen wants to evoke a visual experience with her works, just like a painting. The vase looks like a painting folded into a three-dimensional object. Haenen is inspired by folded robes in paintings from the 16th century, and fading colour lines in more modern works like those by Mark Rothko.