Gresset glemmer

My final #artwork for this study year started with getting to know a german #graphicartist Käthe Kollwitz. Her #picture ‘Raped’ rises up horrible and violent moments from two Wars she lived throughout. However, in my work I want to shift the focus from that theme which I have never experiensed myself so that #art, I am doing, will seem more real and tactile. I work conseptually with focus on #esthetical approach. I give the name to my work “Grass forgets”.

#woodcut technique helps me to approach the idea closely. I cut and carve the dead #femalebody into the lifeless wooden plate. Each step of #printmaking keep the dead “alive”. I am interested in questions about #nature and #humanity and their interaction. In the Bible it stays: “By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

My work can be described by a quote of #russianwriter Varlam Shalamov. He was arrested for 17 years in Soviet working camp in Kolyma, where bodies of the prisoners never rotten under the #stones and permafrost. While in the grass and #plants they disappear into #nothingness (?): “And then I remembered the greedy fire of Epilobium, the #summer taiga’s raging #blossoming. In the #grass, in the #leaf it tried to hide all #human affairs – good and bad. The grass is even more forgetful than mankind. And if I forget, grass will forget that too. But the stone and the frost will never forget.”

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Childrens day in Oslo 2017

Decoration for the cultural festival for international childrens’ day 4-6 November, at Intercultural museum, Oslo.