February 4, 2018 This week in Oslo
Two events I’m involved with are coming up this week, both at educational institutions.
First, on Thursday, February 8: Every shore is a treasury at Westerdals ACT’s library.
As part of Westerdal’s Zero-Waste Day, I’ll be giving a short talk about my Oslofjord project and donating part of my collection of beach plastic to a workshop in collaboration with Seabling.
Then on Saturday, February 10: I’ve contributed a poster to a large group exhibition at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts.
The theme of the show is #metoo and my poster is a cheeky presentation of an actual line fed to me (by a member of the administration) while I was a student: “Why can’t you just shut up and be a good girl?” Sigh.
January 10, 2018 2018
After literally being stuck in bed for the last week with the flu, it’s nice to be sitting behind a computer. I’m sure many can relate. Many big projects are brewing, more on that later this spring.
^ For now, just a note that my latest book is now available in the USA at the legendary Printed Matter. In the UK, check out Good Press. Both with extra good local pricing and the satisfaction of supporting fantastic arts organizations!
If you’re here in Norway, please contact me directly. I only have around 20 copies left in my studio. Free local pickup or shipping with a Vipps payment. 400kr is a steal considering how much time I actually spent putting together these books. And if a second edition is published, I doubt the construction will be as cool as the first edition.
November 25, 2017 Tomorrow in Oslo
Tomorrow I’ll have a table at the Art & Design Christmas market at Kulturhuset (Youngstorget).
All the books and posters from Hverdag will be there, along with some very old (possibly the very last) NSEW postcards. Thanks to Blank Space for organizing this. Free entrance.
November 16, 2017 Meanwhile (Matprisen 2017)
This past Monday the place where I work with the two, shining and smiling men above was awarded the title of “Producer of the Year” by the Norwegian council for organic and sustainable food, a.k.a. Matprisen. Over the last year I’ve become more and more involved in the company, especially when it comes to the room where we hang naturally fermented (and a little bit of salt) meat and salami. Mmm. Look out Oslo (finally) for some of my feremented drinks early in 2018!
In other words, for the last 1.5 years I’ve been working as a butcher when I’m not making artist books, printing on a Riso or taking photographs. Not too odd considering the two others are artist-designer and an Oxford-educated economist.
November 9, 2017 Next Tuesday in Oslo
The Oslo book launch for “Å finne stemmen” will take place next Tuesday, November 14 at Bar Lardo. If you’re not in Oslo, take a sneak peek here.
I’ll be there with some books and non-alcoholic sparkling lemonade. Books are 400kr – 300kr if you ever went to norskkurs – and the lemonade is free. Lardo also has a great selection of natural wine and local salted meat (most likely salted by yours truly at my non-art job). Møllergata 38. 5-9 pm.
November 7, 2017 Pamflett Exhibition
Photos of my exhibition “Å finne stemmen” at Pamflett that closed last Sunday in Bergen.
When I arrived at the beginning of the residency, the wall was full of nails and clips. Instead of taking them down, I took them in stride and used them as part of the exhibition. Constantly moving things around until my last day in the space, printed layer over layer over layer. What remained was the making of my book.
On the making of this publication
The limits of a space, the limits of a Risograph
Working with what one has instead of fighting against it
Leaving things to chance
Unexpectedly good outcomes
This paper has been through the machine five times
A misprint, text, text, logos, this poem
Make the form fit the content
Let the metaphors run free
Sensitive, prickly machines must be handled with care
The artist as a designer is perhaps too imaginative
The artist as a printer bemoans her imaginative choices
The artist as a writer is, well, me
There are many ways to tell a story
And it takes many voices
October 22, 2017 Fanfare #10
Psyched to be part of the newest issue of FANFARE along with some really cool folks, including old Internet friends from a decade ago (i.e. Flickr). The theme of course: Technology.
It’s all in Norwegian, but if you read that you’ll learn a bit about how and why I printed my first fanzine on a photocopier at NASA. Also my old websites and (kinda) how they eventually led to me becoming a nomadic Riso-enthuasiast based in Norway.
Copies can be found at: Narvesen, Tronsmo, Bislet Bok, Cappelens Forslag, Eldorado bokhandel and Tanum Litteraturhuset.
October 16, 2017 Residency update
My book is coming along. Finished all the cutting today in the most beautiful studio.. where my phone also met his death on concrete. Sigh. On the brighter side, not too much rain today.
Photos from Pamflett, tomorrow is collating. Not the easiest task as this book has two different types of inserts. Crying inside thinking of the labor, but it is going to look great! The gallery wall is also shifting and changing.
Come by and have a coffee with me if you’re in town. I’ll be there pretty much from 9.00 – 21.00 . Thanks also to all those who came on Saturday for the intimate artist talk.
October 11, 2017 Greetings from Pamflett!
Greetings from Pamflett Self-Publishing Workshop in Bergen!
I’m here on an artist residency for the next two weeks, leaving the last day of the 2017 Bergen Art Book Fair. At the fair I’ll be launching a brand new Riso-printed book called Å Finne Stemmen (Finding One’s Voice). The completion of the book will also culminate in a solo exihibition in the Pamflett space.
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.