In my artistic practice the notion/idea “place” stands central. It functions both as a theoretic and practical starting point. Through the whole of my artistic career I have sought out specific places in various countries and carried out so called site specific projects. More specifically I have been searching for each chosen places identifiable characteristics/qualities such as history, topography, architecture, culture, raw material etc. These relationships in differing scales are generally speaking the basis for the development of art work.
The interest for the landscapes particularities and the natural objects physical characteristic and exclusiveness to one environment – with their associated culture, myths, and history are a general characteristic feature with my production. I normally start working directly in the landscape, letting the work develop in the environment with the material that comes to hand.
Focus on the natural objects:
I differ from other artists that work within the so called environmental art tradition through the way I treat organic raw materials. I am consistently faithful to the raw materials distinctiveness and inner characteristics, at the same time as I put them through extensive procedures of transformation. I transform bark, papyrus grass, pelican feathers, and plant stems into abstract objects. The thought is that this concept will make it possible to see raw materials in a new way. There is in other words a type of alienating process which contributes to sharpen ones perceptions.
The aspect of alienating and investigation of the biological materials’ distinctive characteristics:
I work with materials, I also stretch there inherent properties to there limits by putting them through extensive procedures of transformation. As to alienate there appearance – and by working in this way it is possible to see clear comparisons to the work ethos of the former Russian avant-garde. But at the same time it is the investigation of the biological material that is focused upon in this process.
A quote from Richard Dawkins (evolutionary biologist) can also give an understanding and illustrate my approach: “There is an anesthetic of familiarity, a sedative of ordinariness, which dulls the senses and hides the wonder of existence…..But we can recapture that sense of having just entered in on a life by looking at our own world in unfamiliar ways”