ABSTRACT CHARACTER DESIGNS FOR CHILDREN
These collages started out as a commission for an elementary school (see below), and I kept the audience of children in mind for its continuation. For the school, the collages were scanned, enlarged, printed, cut and mounted on clear boards adorning the walls of the school. Afterwards, the original collages were reworked, new ones were added and finally extended with water color backgrounds. They were exhibited at the Momentum Biennale in Moss, Norway, in 2009.
The source material is hand-drawn illustrations from educational books for children. Pedagogic projections from adults are taken apart and brought into play. Things attain multiple functions, they cluster, becoming beings. That which makes something someone - such as eyes, hands, lips, symmetric shape, was not so in the book they came from, and now seem to look for a place. Something might have symmetry, but no eyes. Something else has clusters of eyes but no legs. As such, the collages are left in a state before all the pictorial elements have found their place, its own construction process on display.
COMMISSION FOR NARDO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN
ENLARGED COLLAGES AND WINDOW DRAWINGS
The Entity collages were originally made for this commission in Trondheim in 2008. It consists of two parts, one for each part of the building. In the elementary school there are three enlarged collage works. Original paper collages were made by hand, scanned, enlarged, printed, cut and mounted on Lexan plates. These are installed with a 10 cm distance to the wall, allowing the collages to float as cut-outs above the background. The collages were made from hand drawn illustrations from educational books for children.
In the kindergarten section of the building, large eyes and patterns float around on the windows. The images are vector drawings printed on film and mounted directly on the windows. Installation by Signex A/S.
Elementary school section:
Two collages based on circular cutouts in animal illustrations.
When invited to do contribute work to an anthology of Norwegian artists in 2004, I used the opportunity to pick up drawing again, after years of abstinence. The book was released by Aschehoug and curated by Anna B. Jenssen, Lena Ulven and Lars Laumann. The result was a poster that also functioned as a dust cover for the book.
The poster was a digital collage of scanned drawings and water colors, and the original drawings were later reworked as a paper collage, and augmented with new drawings.