The painting series are tracings of my own body. An abstract form emerges and signifies my own wandering soul questioning belonging, isolation, absence and identity. The series is connected to the outdoor installations and drawings. They reflect an interconnected understanding of the world. An inner urgency to overcome societal disconnections from nature, the paintings explore an act of healing, mending, of turning to sensorial means and using my body to illuminate the role of our body in climate change.
Through a near- death accident, and the role of moving home physically to Norway from the US as a teenager, experiencing a transition and an opening of space, between my new and old home; the claiming space is a way of understanding both erasure and returning, and a way of responding to being here now. The work creates a sense of bridging, a listening and responding. A reconnecting of voice to nature. The tracing is a visible sign of our own presence and absence. A notion of being visible and invisible at the same time, and of how environmental justice is challenged through an active collective voice found in the body.
1.claiming space I
Oil on linen/1,75*2,15/2022claiming space II/ oil on cotton/ 150*150/2022
How can a trace be felt through time and space, the trace of absence and presence, of life and death. The body is always in a state of disappearance, the ephemeral recognition of the body. The voice. Another layer to the traces, negotiating a recognition of corporeal presence, a reclaiming of the self.
"Everything we do is music" by John Cage.
How do mentally produced sounds conjure an imagined experience of liminal experience.
The déja entendu. repetition of sound. Tonal qualities. Unexpected layering. Making sense of the unusual. It can remove us from a shared physical environment and sound functions as ethical-political.