[fbshare type=»button» width=»100″] Two new participants of Østlandsutstillingen 2015 are presented here today. Kjetil Teigens paintings open up for many interpretations of the portraited person´s identity and Tanja Thorjussen drawings allow us to reflect upon the concept of homeland.
Dialogue á la sfumato I – II
Oil on canvas
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My work is related to the concept of identity through a focus on painting as surface, imaginary spaces and subjective narrative.
Dialogue á la sfumato III consists of two oil paintings juxtaposing the techniques of sfumato and photorealism. Sfumato was invented during the Renaissance and made famous by Da Vinci ́ “Mona Lisa”. Sfumato comes from the Italian “sfumare”, “to tone down” or “to evaporate like smoke”. The “out of focus” effect is also known from Gerhard Richter ́s hallmark “Blur” and photorealistic painting. Dialogue á la sfumato III is on the other hand not a sensual and idealized interpretation of a model, or pedantic imitation of photographic material. These portraits are solely fictional representations, invented during the work process. The ambiguous relation- ship between distance and proximity constitutes a visual paradox. Up close they appear more or less as ephemeral abstractions based on a few tints and shades. Distance evokes a greater degree of recognizable form and facial features. It’s about playing with perception and exploring how it affects the mindset.
Homeland nr 1-nr 3
Pencil drawing on Arches paper
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In these drawings the concrete rock merges with the living tree, a symbiosis of the two becomes a creature that can be a new homeland in any space or time.
The notion of homeland is of a place of origin and deep belonging through family ties, where the land and its people unite in a common culture. However, when moving to a new land the concept of homeland becomes a distorted memory where old habits and longing of origin merge with new explorations. The new land becomes a hybrid of old habits and a renewed fusion of cultures.
What is a homeland, what is a relation to place? How do I envision my origin, and my place in this world to be?