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Metamorphosis

 

Working with ”Say it with flowers” led on to the project ”Metamorphosis”. In “Say it with flowers” I used familiar flower forms which I gave a new outward appearance, sometimes with lace or floral decoration.

I have developed this type of change further using objects, often cultural artefacts such as Greek urns.
At the outset this is often a visual choice, but the work process itself can give rise to associations related to the object, which may be personified or become metaphors. As usual the titles are intended to give an indication of the message. At the same time I want the title to be open enough so as not to block out an observer’s personal interpretation and experience. I attempt to visualise feelings, communicating on an emotional plane while striving for an aesthetic, tactile expression.
The basic form will generally be simple, bare and precise, while the spontaneity lies in the texture and decoration.
At first glance the motives may appear to be simple too, but I hope that the observer will take the time to discover subtle details and textures which can awaken curiosity and imagination.
The texture is sometimes based on textiles and lace, with which I try to emphasise the feminne aspect of the expression. In some of my works the masculine and feminine are in sharp contrast with each other.
In the picture “Like Pebbles you Knead in your Hand” I have been inspired by nature, which is an inexhaustible source of forms, colours and textures. It is also fascinating to see how both natural and manmade objects are transformed into works of art by the wear and tear of time and disintegration.
I like to work with sculptural forms and often let objects appear out of a dark background. This technique gives everyday objects extra focus and an air of mystery.
The objects might be things that have been kept because “they could come in handy one day”, or because they have sentimental value, a childhood memory, or something inherited.  The walk to and from my studio takes me past (and usually into) a Salvation Army shop,  Here I am reminded of the passing of time and of the mutability of everything. Perhaps my treasured possessions will end up here one day? It also convinces me that there is nothing wrong in pressing my grandmother’s lace tablecloth into asphalt and in this process of “metamorphosis” giving it a new and different life as an integrated part of a picture.
The process that I use is time-consuming but fascinating. It has a lot in common with research and experimentation, and is sometimes referred to as the “aesthetics of slow motion”.  It can be frustrating at times, but also gives room for reflection and meditation.