Description of the artist
My artistry is rooted in drawing as a medium where the material and the sensory are a main focus and thus also with clear references to painting. For the last ten years I have worked on unprepared canvases in large formats where the surfaces are built layer by layer. The layers consist of daisies, paint scraps, coffee spills, charcoal, pencil and pastel crayons, or with my own collage technique where I cover parts of the surface with pieces of fabric. My work process is slow and time consuming. In the repetitive lines that are reminiscent of tissues and seams, parallels can be drawn to needlework or traditional women’s work from the domestic sphere.
Thematically, my work is about describing psychological processes and how some emotions cover others. We see the secondary feeling, but not the primary feeling. Events and memories affect our lives. I describe this by blurring and by covering with strokes or with collage where old drawings and pieces of fabric are used to correct and hide. In some works, old clothes or memories are sewn into the works. Hiding can also be about retaining some control over what is visible on the surface. Yet the traces, or the remnants of them, are; present. What we sweep under the rug is there.
I am currently working on three projects that are closely related to each other and which are the branches of a holistic and long-term design practice. In addition to working with serial individual works, I am exploring spatial works, in which the carpets are given a more physical appearance by being layered in space, as flakes of visible and hidden stories and memories.
Ink, coffe, pencil, ashes on canvas, drawing, collage