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Sanctum

2020

Size: 245 x 120 Copper wire, metal object. Knitting and plaiting

In life we meet a cross when we have to choose between several directions, and it is a frequently used symbol in folklore and belief.
In Scandinavian folk art the cross with four equal arms was often on bridal coverlets or cloths that were used at rites of christening and burial. Such crosses are also known to several pre-Christian cultures. I have also often seen them, with various additions, on my Orient travels.
Some scholars in these fields point at the static energy and the harmony of the equal arm cross, and consider it a sacral crossroad of vertical and horizontal dimensions, or even a symbol of «the sacred place « itself.


Pilgrim Kirin

2020

Size: 110×110 / crated 20,5 x 19,5 x 8 cm Material: Copper wire, metal objects. Wall hanging,consist of 7 parts.

In 2007 I went, with two colleges, on a pilgrimage, in Japan. We planned to walk on foot to the 88 Zen-Buddhist temples on Shikoku. However, after 24 temples, I strained my legs, and had to continue on my own by bus, train and careful walking. I got plenty of time to look around and pick up interesting items, like tabs from beverage cans. The Coca-Cola and Kirin (Japanese beer) vending-machines were everywhere, also in the temples. In retrospect they stand before me as inseparable parts of the sacred temples!


Pilgrim Folk

2020

Size: 45×75 / crated 51 x 30 x2 cm Wall hanging. Material: Copper wire, aluminium objects.

As a pilgrim you meet all sort of people: men and women, young and old, local people and travelers, priests and beggars. In this piece of art I have cut some profiles of people I have met, out of coca-cola and beer-cans.


Pilgrim Henro

2020

Size: 90×100 / crated 96 x 30 x 2 cm Wall hanging. Material: Copper wire, metal objects.

To be a Henro, a pilgrim, means to follow the footsteps of Kobo-Daishi, the founder of Japanese Zen-Buddhism. You visit the old esoteric temples and historical villages and go back in time to the quiet, ancient Japan. For me it was a meeting with a foreign, strong culture and rich traditions, but also a meeting with my «deeper self», in this artwork all linked together.


Tori

2016

62 x 84 cm Copper wire, metal objects. Kitting and plaiting.

A small artwork that I made while I waited for my 7th grandchild to be born, her name is Tori.


Gemini

2016

Size: 100 x 120 Various metal wire, metal items. Plaiting.

Gemini was the first work made in in the «metal wire plaiting « technique. After my father died in 2013, I had to go through his belongings. He had been a mechanic and a metal worker, and in his workshop there was a lot of different wires and small metal objects. I got the idea to make something out of it, and started piecing the items together .


Requiem

2017

Size: 175 X 275 Knitted copper wire, metal objects.

After my parents died, in 2013 and 2017, I wanted to make a memorial piece. My father worked with metal his whole life, making and installing engines for fishing boats. As knitting was my mothers favorite hobby, REQUIEM was made of knitted copper wire from my fathers metal workshop. It was combined with small items from their estate, as well as ring-pull tabs from beverage cans.


Libra 1 and Libra 2

2017

125 x 125 cm Iron wire, copper wire, metal objects. Knitting and plaiting.

I am using everyday material like buttons and ring-pull tabs from beverage cans, together with watch and jewelry items. They are all integrating into my nets. Elevating the status of these man-made objects from worthless to worthwhile gives me comfort and joy!


Ero

2016

50×120 cm Metal thread, plaited, metal objects.gemini


Star still shining

2014

250 x 250 cm Buttons, paljets, metal thread.

When looking at the stars, we are looking into the past. Many of the stars we see at night
are already dead, but are still shining..


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