DANSE MACABRE   RECENT DRAWINGS   2020 - 2021 

76,5 x 56,5 cm

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65 x 50 cm

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59,3 x 42 cm

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65 x 50 cm

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RAW WAR   2003 - 2015

Anti-War.

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, 2010. 280 x 250 cm

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Blood cannot be washed out with blood, detail

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Apocalypse now, 2009-2010. 280 x 250 cm

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Apocalypse now, detail

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Dona Nobis Pacem, 2012. 280 x 250 cm

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Raw is War, War is Raw, 2008. 240 x 100 cm

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Raw War, 2003. 140 x 140 cm

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Raw War, detail

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RAWAR, 2003. 240 x 120 cm

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Guantanamo, 2009. 73 x 104 cm

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Shrouds, 2008-2012. 80 x 120 cm X 7

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Shrouds, detail

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Poisonous Web, 2015. 280 x 150 cm

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WON NOW, 2007. 240 x 100 cm

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WON NOW, detail

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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, 1995. 49 elements, 10 x 30 cm each

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Artificial June, detail

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Sky Pockets, 1996. 100 elements, 4 x 16 cm each

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Sky Pockets, detail

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Greenhouse, 2007. 250 x 250 cm

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Turning a Summer Sky, 2011. 20 x 20 cm

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YARN   1994

"Jeg stoler"

Sixteen chair pieces with accompanying stories. 

 

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.

Entrust

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Duo

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Folding chair

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The frog chair

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Sailor’s chairs

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The secretary

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Shelter Hotel

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The tram conductor’s lament

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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.

 

Ignored

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Monologue

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Mumbling

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Surprise

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FINDS   F. UNN    1995 - 2005

Gutter archaeology.

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

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F. UNN, 1997-1998, detail

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Detail: Membrane, 1998. 323 x 30 cm

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Comb (hair), 2000. 30 x 30 cm

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Comb (tortoise), 2000. 30 x 30 cm

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Spanish Combs, 30 x 30 cm, detail 5

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Spanish Combs, 30 x 30 cm, detail 8

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Spanish Combs, 30 x 30 cm, detail 9

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Spanish Combs, 30 x 30 cm, detail 11

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Detail: Sea of Tranquillity, each element 10 x 10 cm

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Sea of Tranquillity, variation V, 2000-2009

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Sea of Tranquillity, 2000-2005. Variation I: 1030 elements

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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, 1980. 77 x 147 cm

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Stone Heads and Black Apples, detail

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Unopened Letter, 1981. 200 x 250 cm

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Echo, 1982-83. 40 x 2000 cm

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Dark Swimmer, 1983-84. 265 x 100 cm

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Dark Swimmer, detail

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Soft Fence, 1985. 153 x 260 cm

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The Thaw (Råk), 1987-89. 280 x 20 X 12 cm

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The sea is waving, 1989. 50 x 50 cm X 30

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Winter Solstice, 1990. 200 x 250 cm

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Running Hare, 1993. 40 x 610 cm

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Cracks in the ice, 1989. 1400 x 30 cm

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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

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Mask, 1965. 109 x 93 cm

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We are growing old together, 1971. 260 x 240 cm

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Tricks with Principles,1972. 160 x 174 cm

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Everyone Talks about the Weather…, 1972. 213 x 150 cm

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Desert Wandering, 1974. 200 x 250 cm

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Circus, 1975. 200 x 250 cm

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Circus, colour sketch, 1975

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The Bathers,1975. 200 x 200 cm

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Aireborough Pool (Mikkel), 1977. 120 x 195 cm.

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Recorder (Sunniva),1977. 300 x 30 cm

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Gossip, 1977. 200 x 200 cm

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ETCHINGS

Etching. 1976. 20,2 x 20,2 cm

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Etching. 1976. 20,4 x 20,1 cm

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Etching. 1976. 20,2 x 20,3 cm

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Etching. Cirkus. 1970s. 25,7 x 22,7 cm

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Etching. 1976. 20,2 x 20,2 cm

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Etching. 1973. 25,5 x 20,3 cm

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Etching. "Knekt/Knight" 1970s. 29,7 x 22,7 cm.

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