I planned to paint the ceiling and walls…but…
Somehow the process just expanded and now the kitchen, which probably was installed sometime in the 60’s, has been stripped and teared down.
I’m so found of the new “raw look” so I consider to leave the room almost as it is; allowing the raw wall/ the bricks that appeared when we chopped the old tiles to be visible. Leave the kitchen table on trestles – and just add a few open shelves for cups and stuff.
Regardless, there’s still quite some work to do; cleaning and painting the walls – and fix the floor. Several floorboards were missing under the sink.
The next days I’ll use the kitchen as primitive as it is. Experience how it functions and feel how I actually want it to develop.
Two summers ago the greenhouse I inherited from my Granddad was mostly broken windows and cat shit. However, I took a turn; replaced the broken glass, removed half a meter of soil and made a “floor” out of sand and tiles. The greenhouse now serves as a bit of an oasis. Maybe not so much for growing plants (Actually I’ve only got four small tomatoes) – but for me. It’s a prefectly peaceful place to spend a couple of hours. Especially as long as the weather is not completely reliable.
Pure bliss and contemplation to just sit here; listening to the birds and enjoying all the green wonders that unfold (almost explosively) in the garden right now – maybe adding a little embroidering, writing, reading and sipping tea. More on that topic later!
Guess you know the feeling. How stuff, paper, materials, clothing, etc. tend to pile up over time without you noticing – until suddenly one day you wake up and realize that you are drowning in junk and stuff?
One by one it can be both fine and useful objects, but in total it just becomes too much – it’s an almost suffocating sensation!
That’s how I feel every spring! Suddenly and violently I’m overpowered by an almost uncontrollable urge to cut to the core. Free myself from the weight of things. A need to review what’s essential; What I actually want to keep in my life? AND what must be sorted out (passed on to others who can use the stuff).
So I am clearly in a period of sorting my worldly goods, books, papers, clothes, trinkets and more. A process that almost inevitably leads on to reflections on how to simplify ALL aspects of life. Thoughts on whom and what will I use my time and energy. A very necessary, healthy and healing process.
I’ve just created two new pieces – for an exhibition in Skagen next month. Think I’m a little obsessed with gold / silver. My golden period, so to speak!
I enjoy the quiet moments in my studio – in my own good company. Enjoy to see how the image emerges, to handle the vibrant micro-milimeter thin material, metal sheets, where you can hardly breathe before it flies away. To absorb totally within this delicate work while listening to music or an audiobook, I assure you; it’s pure balm for the soul!
Another exhibition opening in Copenhagen. and exhibition of artists’ books with a handful of colleagues Birgit Dalum’s Atelier, Falconer Allé.
One of many exhibitions on the occasion of Women Artists Society’s 100th anniversary. The exhibition is open until 23 April.
My contribution is a tribute to the Finnish-Swedish poet Edit Södergran and her beautiful, ecstatic cosmic poems.
A conference on gender and art at the Women’s Museum, Aarhus, 9/3 to mark the 100th anniversary of Female Artist Society.
A fierce day with the theme “To be seen as an artist, not as a female artist”. Excellent presentationS by Kasper Monrad (SMK), Ellen Tange (KØS), Ulla Angkjær Jørgensen (Trondheim Uni), Hans Dam Christensen (Copenhagen Uni). Great responsiveness- as well as frustration – over the facts and trends at the contemporary art scene (read: the established art institutions, museums etc) in the – predominantly female – audience.
And with good time for lunch, coffee and dinner where the talk corrugated lively between presenters and participants. Thus, it is an established fact that gender equality in the art world is still completely skewed – and definitely not in favor of women!
Organized by Women Artists Society, KKS in collaboration with the Women’s Museum.
Photo Credit: Pylle Søndergård
Highlights from yesterday’s opening at Copenhagen City Hall. Under the title “Tribute – expressed on paper” 16 members of the Female Artist Society celebrate the Town Hall’s history and especially the women who created all the building’s beautiful decorations.
Open: Mon-Fri 9-16, Sat 9.30 to 13, Sunday closed – Last day 12/3
Photos: Bjarne W. Andresen