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Looking back at this winter/springs working with the theme “In Touch”,for a series of exhibitions going to Denmark this summer.I have found my choice of ideas changing quite a number of times, looking for that one idea that would feel strong enough to carry out, or execute.
The theme being a “generous” one, I just needed to find my personal choice for a theme, something to relate to .
I decided early on to work spontaneously with my choice of materials and my choice of what shape or form my work should have.
I wanted to use the oportunity to work with an installation, to use the floor or hang things from the ceiling? , No frames and lightweight materials to avoid too much transport-costs.
So I have been experimenting a lot with different materials and techniques to find what would be most suited to this criteria.
Sewing,embroidery, cutouts, a lot of printing on ricepaper and silkpaper.Thin plastic,gauze,cheese-cloth.Making my own paper, to get a tactile,thin paper.Wire-drawings, cutouts stuck to the wall with “chewing-gum” and so on and so forth.
A lot of fun, a lot of loose ends.
I have tried to “analyze” the main stages my work took this winter, since it seemes so chaotic that I have almost sat down and laughed these last period.
Stage 1: “TheMountain Bird”. The survival of a small girl living in a Valley in Norway during the Black Death.
I used the theme from the” Mountain Bird” for the mail-art project connected to this exhibition, already sendt to all the partisipants.
Stage 2: Fairy-tale woods with deers,hares,birds trees in an innocent mood.
Stage 3: “The Tent.”
A symbol of innocent childhood memories of camping in the woods( combined with stage 2)
Later a much stronger symbol of homelessness, being a nomad , the refugee-camp!
Stage 4: Finally ” When I sleep, breath is watching over me”. (Poetry lost in translation.
“Når jeg sover vokter pusten over meg”).
My theme here being the fragile line between breathing and not.
How the delta -waves of dream-sleep shows that stage of deep sleep, while your breath is automatic, ceeping you alive.
The images printed on very thin fragile silk-paper underlines this fragility.
Yet nature is reciliant, a willingness to grow and live.
So I ended up with a triptych, no installation.Not working on the floor or hanging from the ceiling.
Puhh. A lot of going back and forth.The actual final work executed during just during 48 hours.
So, now just some fine-tuning on the text and some final gluing of the silkpaper onto the ricepaper and I will be done.