Lille Skiveren Residency

 

One weeks residency at Lille Skiveren, (former Prime Minister J.O.Kragh‘s summer residence), together with an exquisite group of colleagues from The Danish Women´s Artist association, KKS.

The task has been a symposium/workshop with focus on the concept of “playing”. We’ve investigated the local seaside, the plantation and the materials and marks we’ve found and have brought along. Call it serious fun. Actually I see a great deal of common features between religious rituals, playing/ games and artistic creation.

We’re still looking for a title or headline that can form the framework for an exhibition next year. (You’ll hear more later).

However, for the time being, it’s great just to breathe in plenty of sea air, enjoy the collegial cooperation – with exchange of crazy ideas and sharing knowledge from experienced fellow peers. We’re gathered here with very different approaches and practices, so it’s really a bit of an sociological experiment to live and work closely together for 8 days.

So far especially I’ve enjoyed casting strange stuff and forms in plaster, (while  playing/pretending to be some kind of scientist on a geological/ ethnographical expedition to an unknown land) finding and collecting  samples of snails, seaweed and stuff by the waterside. Later, in the laboratory, I’ll examen my finds. Make notes, map it. Try it all out.

Yesterday I did embroidery in seaweed. Yes, I’ve made a couple of samples on sea jewelry! It looks amazing – but how will it be when it dries up? And how will it react when in use? Quite fragile, I guess. But right now I don’t really care about results and outcome. It just feels so playful and so right.

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ArtmoneyNord at Åland

Back home after a very successful ARTMONEY NORD mission to Marienhamn/Åland with my friends and artist colleagues Naja Abelsen and Rebekka Koefoed to set up an exhibition at NIPÅ Nordic Institute at Åland and conducted workshops at Ålands lyceum.

It has been great to meet the dedicated people here, especially the staff and director that NIPÅ and the art teacher at Lyceum. All totally interested in exchanging views on differences and similarities between our societies and the variations among Nordic countries. Obviously there’re great similarities – but also great differences in attitudes and behaviour in social issues – eg how to express opinions about other people, about equality, gender, racial, political correctness, etc.

After the exhibition, we enjoyed to visit the local culture museum, which is definitely worth a visit to get a little insight into the very interesting history as the borderline between Russia and Finland/ Sweden.

We also did a bus trip to Eckerö, and a walk along the frozen seaside to Sjökvarteret in Mariehamn, a pittoresk marine environment with boat construction, wooden boats upside down on land for winter, crafts and local handicrafts side by side in old wooden houses. A beautiful trip – winter when it’s best: cold, clesr and fresh.

 

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Playground

Attending my monthly sculpture class is lika an infusion of a pure vitamin that helps to survive the winter.

This time we worked with sculpture based on a word or concept we got in lottery: “Joy”, “hygiene”, “optur”, “staircase” etc.

We also reviewed our home assignments: Sew a sculpture. Very interesting to get acquainted with the other students’ solutions and reflexions – and to have feedback on my own work.

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Memento Mori

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The last couple of weeks I have been working on completing a work “Memento Mori. Remember to live before you die” for the 8th Artist’s Book Triennial Vilnius 2018.

The theme has been given on behalf of the Trienniale. It’s Latin and meaning something like “remember your mortality” or “remember that you will die”. It describes a genre of art works that varies widely, but has has the same purpose: to remind people of their own mortality – if you happen to have forgotten…

Well, let’s put the joking to the side. Of course we all know that we are going to die one day. But many of us seem to forget about it in the daily life’s bustle. At least we behave as if we have oceans of time available. However, the core is: The very fact that this wonderful life – this precious moment – only exists in this very now. For me it makes sense – and I work to let it resonate a giant echo far into everything I do.

In any case, I’ve had the opportunity to think a lot about existence while I’ve created this – my own Memento Mori. Full of circles, cycles, suns, moons and other celestial bodies – as well as records of some of my dear and close relationships.

It’s all now shipped and hopefully finds its way in the flow of Christmas post and packages.

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Sculptural Minds

One of the best things I’ve done for myself this autumn has been to enroll Sunday school at Thomas Anderson’s Skulpturskole. A great way to meet fellow artists and likemind

people the first  Sunday every month for half a year. A full day to play, work, discuss art – especially sculpture and what does sculptural qualities mean. To show and share your homework/task  in the group. What a mind expanding pleasure – and still 2 Sundays to come!

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London Time Out

A perfect pre-christmas timeout in London with my beloved kids. Time to look at art, go to a café, see a museum, take a walk, chill out, get an update on everybodys current life and future plans – and enjoy the ambiance of a sumptuous Christmas-decorated city.

I return home – grateful and full of bubbling, sparkling joy and inspiration for the coming dark winter months.

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The Circle

Just got this timelapse showing my installation – as day turns to night.

THE CIRKLE was made especially for the event LIGHT AND SILENCE at at Øm kloster 28th-29th October 2017.

Film credit: eSCAPE / Museum Skanderborg

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