February 25, 2018 Fordypningsrommet Fleinvær
Barely a week ago I returned home from a short week on a very isolated island in the north of Norway at this incredible place. There I was lucky to be one of three artists in residence, spending my time writing, drawing, reading, photographing, and of course: sauna with dips into the freezing ocean.
Only nine reportedly live there full-time and it took less than two hours to traverse the island while taking photographs. Despite how isolated the place was, the hand of man was very visible, especially when following the shoreline. Here are some images from the island: of stone, rope, plastic, water, etc.
September 23, 2017 Pictures from China
More here: China III + China IV
Thank you again to Northing and Bergen Zines for putting together a great program! Also Arts Council Norway for supporting this magical trip after the fact. Deeply humbled to be able to encounter new worlds through travel, share my vision and represent Norway.
In two weeks I’m off to Bergen to print a new bilingual artist book about immigration and language. More on that super soon.
August 14, 2017 Shanghai
Some quick photos from Shanghai and abC before heading off to Nanjing
Luxury mall, aesthetic trash heap in rain
Anki of Bergen Zines, my little corner of the Norway table
Strangely tranquil book fair moment, roof garden of the Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum
January 14, 2017 2017
Worlds within worlds, oblivious to external goings-on
August 19, 2016 Oslofjord update
On Sunday, August 28, I’ll be giving an update on my Oslofjord project at Oslo Soup’s next event at MESH. See their website for more info. There will also hopefully be some Riso posters for grabs promoting the publication, which is in progress and should be ready by October. Details on the book release are TBA!
Some pics from the studio. Note my very DIY solution to make images like the one above.
Also: there’s one natural form in that image, which one is it?
June 24, 2016 Taking images to remember
My image making routines have suffered due to the iPhone (yep) and a lack of freetime thanks to erratic part-time jobs and language school. Nevertheless, it’s never too late to pick up a camera again..
April 24, 2016 Et bedre liv
I meant to write this post last week, but suddenly the days have slipped away and here I am on Sunday night. Not to make excuses, but one week ago my cat freaked out and bit me for the first time. He got stuck in his leash and was scared witless. I ended up having to go to the emergency room the morning after because the bitten finger was so swollen it could not move. Ugh. Still on heavy antibiotics but at least my finger has regained most of its original range of motion.
One nice thing about this incident was the emergency room experience itself, so much calmer and more affordable than a visit in the USA. I’ve been twice before in NYC, once for (gently) getting hit by a car while on a bicycle and another time for “rappelling” through a skylight and burning off all the skin on my left hand. Ow. And now, I have been twice here in Oslo. Funny thing: this time I only spoke Norwegian which was both a blessing and a curse. Blessing, I suppose, because it was easier. Curse as in fully understanding the mumbling of my two young student nurses about how not to get bubbles in my tetanus shot.. right before sticking it into my arm.
But! The point of this post is not to reveal how clumsy I am, but to give an update on what I’ve been doing the last months. Mostly I have been working on my memoir, drafting chapter summaries and figuring out the overall flow and format. It’s now at 24 (short) chapters and has a working title: Et bedre liv = “A better life”.
Since winning the mini-grant to pursue my Oslofjord project, I’ve been visiting the fjord at least twice a week. The photos above are one day’s haul of styrofoam “rocks” and a pastoral view of the island they came from.
In addition to writing in Norwegian, I’ve been working, reading and watching Norwegian TV. I also do believe I’ve had a breakthrough (possibly antibiotic-induced) about who I am and how / why I make art. More on that later. For now, a still life: