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, 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

Shrouds, detail

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

YARN   1994

 

"Jeg stoler"

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.

Entrust

Duo

Folding chair

The frog chair

Sailor’s chairs

The secretary

Shelter Hotel

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.

 

Ignored

Monologue

Mumbling

Surprise

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

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