RAW WAR 2003 - 2015
My profound outrage at the invasion of Iraq 2003 generated an intense need to protest against war. It became the initial source for this series of tapestries. The Syrian civil war, the Israel – Palestine conflict, the crisis in the Ukraine, and current attitudes to nuclear disarmament, are situations and issues that resonate in the later works.
The extreme opposition that exists between the aesthetics of tapestry and the horror of contemporary warfare define these works.
Blood cannot be washed out with blood, 280 x 250 cm, 2010
Blood cannot be washed out with blood, detail
Apocalypse now, 280 x 250 cm, 2009-2010
Apocalypse now, detail
Dona Nobis Pacem, 280 x 250 cm, 2012
Raw is War, War is Raw, 240 x 100 cm, 2008
Raw War, 140 x 140 cm, 2003
Raw War, detail
RAWAR, 240 x 120 cm, 2003
Guantanamo, 73 x 104 cm, 2009
Shrouds, 80 x 120 cm X 7, 2008-2012
Poisonous Web, 280 x 150 cm, 2015
WON NOW, 240 x 100 cm, 2007
WON NOW, detail
THE NEAR AND THE DEAR 1963 – 1977
In the sixties and most of the seventies I lived in Leeds, England. Coping with a foreign country and culture, raising a family, teaching experimental textiles in a fine art department, and formulating my own artistic practice, was all part of my hectic daily life. Through the immediacy of drawing and the methodical construction of tapestry I structured this initial chaos, and gave it form.
Åkle II, 1964
Mask, 109 x 93 cm, 1965
We are growing old together, 260 x 240 cm, 1971
Tricks with Principles,160 x 174 cm, 1972
Everyone Talks about the Weather…, 213 x 150 cm, 1972
Desert Wandering, 200 x 250 cm, 1974
Circus, 200 x 250 cm, 1975
Circus, colour sketch, 1975
The Bathers, 200 x 200 cm, 1975
Aireborough Pool (Mikkel), 120 x 195 cm, 1977
Recorder (Sunniva), 300 x 30 cm, 1977
Gossip, 200 x 200 cm, 1977
LANDSCAPE AND THE NATURE OF TAPESTRY 1977 – 1993
Moving from Leeds, a large industrial town in England, to the midst of nature in Norway, made for changes in life and art. A re-examination and re-evaluation of tapestry as a contemporary art form was inevitable.
The developments of this period are rooted in the understanding and use of the intrinsic plastic qualities of tapestry construction. Unique to the structure of tapestry is the two-sided property of the woven fabric: two sides united by one and the same image. A tapestry is a durable material, that can be folded, twisted, or knotted and still retain the unity and visual logic of the woven image.
The surrounding landscape and the passing of time so perceptible in the changing seasons had a significant impact on my work during this period.
Stone Heads and Black Apples, 77 x 147 cm, 1980
Stone Heads and Black Apples, detail
Unopened Letter, 200 x 250 cm, 1981
Echo, 40 x 2000 cm, 1982-83
Dark Swimmer, 265 x 100, 1983-84
Dark Swimmer, detail
Soft Fence, 153 x 260 cm, 1985
The Thaw, 280 x 20 X 12, 1987-89
The sea is waving, 50 x 50 cm X 30, 1989
Cracks in the ice, 1400 x 30 cm, 1989
Winter Solstice, 200 x 250 cm, 1990
Running Hare, 40 x 610 cm, 1993
Sixteen chair pieces with accompanying stories. Selection of eight.
Imprints of naked bottoms represented as woven images on the seats of the actual chairs. Each chair, or group of chairs, is presented together with an anecdotal text inspired by the look and character of the chair.
The frog chair
The tram conductor’s lament
THE FABRIC OF CONVERSATION 1994
Miniature scenes: doll's house chairs with miniature tapestries that allude to various aspects of dialogue.
Selection of four from a series of sixteen individual works, 20 x 20 cm, various heights.
FINDS F. UNN 1995 - 2005
Litter, refuse, wasted objects, picked up from the street and recycled as part of decorative tapestries.
F. UNN, 4 pieces, 20 x 20 cm each
F. UNN, 1997-1998, detail
Membrane, 323 x 30 cm, 1998, detail
Comb (hair), 30 x 30 cm, 2000
Comb (tortoise), 30 x 30 cm, 2000
Spainish Combs, 250 x 200 cm, 2004
Spanish Combs, 30 x 30 cm, detail 5
Spanish Combs, 30 x 30 cm, detail 8
Spanish Combs, 30 x 30 cm, detail 9
Spanish Combs, 30 x 30 cm, detail 11
Sea of Tranquillity, variation I, each element 10 x 10 cm: 1030 elements, 2000-2005
Sea of Tranquillity, variation V, 2000-2009
Sea of Tranquillity, detail
CLIMATE CHANGE 1995 - 2015
Predictions and prospects
Various works, sketches and work-in-progress
Past – Present – Future
The compelling evidence of global warming, how human activity has significantly altered the natural environment, and other questions regarding the future of the planet are ideas and reflections that inform this group of works.
The works are about perceiving an exquisite and abundant yet vulnerable and precarious planet.
Artificial June, 49 elements, 10 x 30 cm each, 1995
Artificial June, detail
Sky Pockets, 100 elements, 4 x 16 cm each, 1996
Sky Pockets, detail
Greenhouse, 250 x 250 cm, 2007
Sketch. Turning a Summer Sky, 20 x 20 cm, 2011