Novelties

"Hair work"

In the last few months I have been working more and more with hair. As I keep circling around the theme of induvality and identity, I am getting closer and closer to the 'material' of hair. So far I have not come across a stronger and more diverse material with which I can express what I want to express so clearly, precisely and well. The following are the latest works of the last few months.

 

 


 


Magna Carta

A book turned into porcelain as a reference to the birth of our legal and state system, bound into a tight weave that connects human identity with nature and its environment, thematises an equilibrium of freedom and prohibitions.


Book interior: Porcelain
Binding: Woven cover on a felted bed
Warp threads: Human main hair
Weft threads: mixture of animal fur, human hair, plant etc.
Felt: Mixture of animal fur, human hair, plant, etc.


26 x 18 cm H: 8.5 cm



 


 

NEXUS is an exhibition series of the ark e.V., which is currently taking place for the 4th time (5.9.2021 - 16.1.2022). The exhibition encourages the artists of the group to engage in dialogue with the building in which the exhibition is shown, the history, the landscape or its exhibits. This time the museum in Boppard is the host of this wonderful exhibition.

 

 

„Vorgestellt“  -  Curtain made of women's hair, 2021, 420x250 cm, hair, yarn, iron rod

Through the curtain made of women's hair, women are symbolically placed/ made present in public space who were or are excluded from public life as well as from the writing of history for many centuries.

 

The dimensions are approx. 250 x 420 m.

 


 

 

"Verwoben"

10 Honeycomb frames are the expression of social togetherness, of a collective
identity and thus the counterpart of singular individuality. A frame for the
individuality interwoven in the system of order that surrounds us.

Series of 10 honeycomb frames, wool, hair
2021
each 48 x 22 cm

 


 

 

"A Portrait of Hannah Ryggen"

 

 

I made this work for the exhibition NEXUS - "Northern Lights :: in dialogue with Nordic cultural worlds". The exhibition was organised by ark e.V. and opened on 6.8.2020 at Haus Metternich in Koblent. I have chosen to work on a portrait of Hanna Ryggen.

Here is my text on the work, which was also published in the catalogue:

Hannah Ryggen, (* 21 March 1894 in Malmö; † 2 February 1970 in Trondheim) was a Swedish-Norwegian textile artist. Her large tapestries could be admired in the recently completed exhibition at the Schirn in Frankfurt. Her "woven manifestos" are reflections on conditions she sees critically. Her language is direct and narrative. In her actions, she is fearless and mercilessly consistent. During the German occupation of Norway in World War II, for example, she hung her hand-woven carpets, which were critical of the atrocities and the political power structure, in plain view on a clothesline in front of her house *1

My work is also a weaving piece, it does not resemble those of Hannah Ryggen at all. Rather, I use the process of weaving and spinning, as well as the materials, hair and grey wool, to make clear what I want to express about Hannah Ryggen.

Hannah Ryggen, a strong woman, a Nordic weaver, a fearless fighter for freedom of expression, democracy and justice. Hannah Ryggen, symbolised by main hair, spun and woven by herself. Symbol of identity and individuality. Our hair, unmistakable in its DNA, unique and never the same. Spun into a thread, woven into a whole. The background, three grey areas, connected to each other by hair, spun hair. In the middle the cross of hair, it connects and unites, not for nothing it could also be read as a plus.

My weaving is a homage to this self-confident, critical, direct, political, strong and very courageous woman, a portrait of her individuality, an expression of her free will. But it is more than a homage, it is also a call to stay awake, to defend our democracy, to visibly step out of the crowd and not to completely give up the thread.

*1 (Source Wikipedia and BBC 4, 18.12.2017, Hannah Ryggen and her tapestries of protest“).

 

 


 

 

"ego"

 

 

This work - 'ego' shows crocheted hair in a honeycomb frame. I have removed the honeycomb, the collection point of the bee colony, from the frame and placed a crocheted area of human hair in its place. This work is also about individuality and identity. The individual takes the place of the group. The surface is not crocheted to the end. It does not completely fill the frame. The thread is not sewn either. It hangs open downwards and leads to the ball.

"I spin my chic thread and create my life. I can keep crocheting or unravelling. It is my choice how I fill my frame .... "

 

 


 

'ME and YOU' are so far two works that move in the same thematic field as 'ego'. Here, too, I have taken the honeycomb out of the honeycomb frame and set something new in its place. This time it's a woven piece made of wool and spun hair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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