March 22, 2018 Riso room / Research trip
Tomorrow is the opening of a big Riso exhibition at Risotto in Glasgow. I’ve sent in some works (old and new), hopefully they have arrived safe and sound.
In April (23-27), during their week of intensive workshops, I’ll actually be in town with the two other members of the Norsk Risoforening (Norwegian Risograph Association) on a Riso-Research-Trip. Believe it or not, in Norewgian it sounds even better: Riso-Research-Reise (RRR).
Get in touch for coffees, etc. I’ll mostly be hanging around my favorite place (Good Press) and with the international Riso gang.
March 11, 2018 Sensitive is back
Exactly a year since I last posted, but it’s time to come back for good.
Sensitive: 2008 – ???
Three years of mourning is enough.
March 5, 2018 A new Riso in town
Big news over at Hverdag Books: my beloved studio is now home to a Riso CV3230. A small(-er) machine with a decent print area and five colors! The first of it’s kind in Scandinavia, in fact – I had to beg the regional distributor to bring one in.
Also as one who has been Riso-less since 2014, this is a big deal. The international comunity has only grown bigger, stronger and advanced leaps and bounds over the last four years. It feels great to hop in again and I can’t want to start printing. More info, here.
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.
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