200507, 200430, 200513, 200514; graphite on paper, 38×46 cms each.
November – silvermonth – extended into gentle December snowlight. A few weeks spent in the studio; a homecoming. Treading lightly into the image.
Another invitation; another collaboration. At Kulturcentrum Järna, Rudolf Steiner’s mystery dramas will be performed during a five-day event, and a correspondent exhibition engages a number of people from the local arts and crafts scene. Nigel Wells (Virbela Flowforms), Eva-Karin Planman, Sigrid Winkler and I go for co-creating an installation. We choose a space – much like a bridge – where a staircase and two galleries connect with the upper entrance of the large auditorium. The place is central, narrow, open. Nigel makes measurements and sketches. All four of us bring in different components to the process: concepts, such as revelation, playfulness, light, body, image; references – the lamps hanging aloft under the ceiling, the dramatic theme; suggested materials like textiles, water, sand… I could see triangular crystal prisms in the large window facing due west. Mud, says Sigrid, there has to be mud. So, we prepare mudwater from the modelling clay in the workshop of Virbela. We cut and dip fifty metres of nonwoven fabric, and find a drying place in my studio.
Nigel cuts wooden pieces for the frame, Eva-Karin paints them. We calculate and drill holes for the wires. Then comes the mounting; twenty-four prisms hanging in the window, the frame put together and installed. And finally, attaching the veils.
There it is. A breathing body, a light-and-shadow labyrinth, a crossroads; the Meeting.
oil paint on canvas, 200 x 200 cms; five subsequent stages, February – April 2017
170227; graphite pencil on paper, 21×28 cms
170225; graphite pencil on paper, 21×28 cms
170220; graphite pencil on paper, 28×21 cms
170219; two drawings, graphite pencil on paper, 28×21 cms
160728, graphite pencil on paper, 28 x 21 cms
160705; graphite pencil on paper, 28 x 21 cms