Mapping edges of space / Munch's atelier, Ekely
Mapping edges of space is an ongoing project where I use the space of Edvard Munch's atelier to create an understanding of the space and exploration into nostalgic connections to Edvard Munch´s paintings. The main focus is to explore the visible and invisible forms and structures of the space and personal nostalgic connections to Munch's paintings. Looking, touching, listening, wandering around at Ekely. Like a form of geological framework, the drawings and paintings are connected to the past through the physical space of the old building. The series of drawings and paintings work as a tracing , and function as a reinterpretation bringing one's own identity into the artwork created. Below are the drawings and paintings from the ongoing exploration.
The exploration started in 2014 which was the first year I started painting at Ekely. The name is just a fact, one can't go back in time and meet Munch, however the studio exists as a tangible cast of an encountering of the present space connected to the past. One can't go back in time, however one can return to the same space. The studio is what remains, immortal in a way through its physicality. A tangible landscape of memory. The memory of the past resides in the buildings structures. Here, the thick walls penetrating the past into the remaining presence. The name of Munch becomes nameless, just being in a building, a cast of the past, one can dissolve into the space. Become one with the present. Here the exploration begins.
Exploring the space at Ekely; here combining visual dialogs consisting of a series of small paintings with the existing space of Edvard Munch. What dialog appears? Can we translate language between the past, present and future? Connecting the dialog to the painting “ seated model on the couch” , by Edvard Munch, the anonymous face reflects a dialogue of language and the edges of in-between spaces, of identity and how it actually reflects a space that is both visible and invisible, an encounter of someone we may never meet. Here, the dialog can begin.
.(dialogs at Ekely)/ oil paintings on linen &wood, 2021, E. Munch’s studio, Ekely/
portrait as Edvard Munch/ Ekely/2021
The gaze of distance. What is it about the gaze that moves us? Its as if the gaze is going back to the gaze, back to its origin of longing, longing of distance, the poetics of loss, the gaze is spanned in layered time, like painting the painting, the brushstrokes are poetic texts about distant memory, about the gone about someone one never will meet. Like painting to oneself, along the edges of the gaze, painting in solitary a composition about the past, present and in-between time, a nameless voice, a gaze, an intensity of a need for the unknown, is it possible to connect through this landscape of loneliness?
.mapping edges of Munch /E Munchs studio at Ekely, Norway
Painting in Munch’s studio , reflecting on his paintings, my dialog continues with the painting “Melancholy” by Edvard Munch: Melancholy is at the tip of my paint brush, finding the line, like the edge of one’s body, there one can stand, beyond the eyes, seeing the pained color violet and hope of green. Wanting to get closer, melancholy rests at a distance, as if not to fall into the monotony of living. Reality, so delicate and fragile, melancholy vibrates, messages of a colorful mysterious landscape.
(landscape of Melancholy)/ oil on wood panel/150*150/ Edvard Munch studio, Ekely:
.The dialog is connected to the painting “ the artist and his model” , by Edvard Munch. Is it possible to turn the dialog around? Who Is this anonymous model in the background? Annie Fjeldbu. Two anonymous faces reflecting a dialogue of language and of identity , a space that is both visible and invisible. Here, side by side, who is the model and who is the artist? Who is now turned inwards and who outwards?
(Homage to Annie Fjeldbu: The model and Her artist)/ oil on wood panel/ diptych (50*40 each) /2021/ Edvard Munch Studio, Ekely
(Mapping Munch I never met: the kiss) / oil on wood panel/ 150*150/2021/ Ekely
Exploring identity and nostalgia
.Exploring the space here at Ekely; the painting exists as a dialog in relation to «the night wanderer» by Edvard Munch. What dialog appears? Can we translate language between the past, present and future? the anonymous face reflects a dialogue of language and the edges of in-between spaces, of identity and how it actually reflects a space that is both visible and invisible, an encounter of someone we may never meet, or a space between the unconscious and concious space; between night and day; the night wanderer may exist
(Landscape of the night wanderer) / oil on wood panel/ 150*150/ 2021/ Ekely, Edvard Munch Atelier, Oslo.