Over the course of six months, I built a traditional elm longbow. With the help from a mentor, I did everything from cut down the tree to weave hemp bowstring and affix feathers onto arrows. The original inspiration for the project was from a dream I had while living in NYC, far away from the both the actual physical object of a bow and the possibility of fabricating one of my own.
The bow was shown for the first time in 2012, at UKS in Oslo for One Night Only. For the exhibition I created a few casual sculptures and two takeaway texts.
In 2014, as my thesis work, I elaborated on one of the takeaway texts and produced a book and video installation. The video loop is a static shot of a foliage in a forest. On closer inspection a pane of glass can be discerned almost covering the entire frame. Ambient noises of birds, rustling leaves. Every once in awhile the reflection of an archer approaching appears—followed a second later by the sound of a flying arrow and a piercing ringing noise.
But the arrow bounces, the glass remains intact..
Through the concrete example of archery, Slow Education explores what happens when a dream becomes an image and that image becomes a physical object that enables the original dream-act, the experience of which is then translated back into an image. Full circle.
Video installation (2014) at Kunsternes Hus
A companion to the video: a slim pocket-sized book of the same name.
The special edition of the book came wrapped in a poster shot through with an arrow.
Installation (2012) at One Night Only