[fbshare type=»button» width=»100″] I dag ønsker vi å presentere Elisabeth Mathisen og hennes samarbeidet med Siri Austeen i en perfomrance og hennes stedsspesifikke verk på Bankplassen i Oslo samt den tyske kunstneren Anke Müffelmann. / Today we would like to present the Norwegian artist Elisabeth Mathisen, who participated with a performance together with Siri Austeen and a site specific work at Østlandsutstillingen 2015 – and the German participant Anke Müffelmann.
Barometer for Bumblebees
2015 Site specific, a circle of 40cm in diameter of honey
In the HONEY SPA performance we interact with the audience, exploring the relationship between individuals and nature. The aroma that arises from holding my hands in honey and beeswax reminds me of childhood experiences with insects. The quality of the material, the distinct smell, the taste on my tongue, the sensation of honey against my skin opens up a whole register of feelings and memories of a time and space.
BAROMETER FOR BUMBLEBEES explores in a poetic and silent manner the biodiversity among pollinating insects in a specific place. By putting honey in a small area, for example on a wall in a building in the months of June and July, the insects nearby will smell the honey and fly to the area to feed. If there are no insects nearby the beeswax and honey area, this space will remain empty.
From Wikipedia, Honey (from Germanic honang = “ the golden “) is a solution of viscous to solid consistency . Honey is produced by honey bees that gather nectar from flowers. The transformation of nectar to honey occurs when bees add nectar to its own gland secretions. Honey has a long tradition in natural medicine. Honey is known for having woundhealing and antiseptic properties. Honey has low pH between 3.2 and 4.5 that also helps to make conditions worse for bacteria.
languagepattern d1 (Trautes Heim Glück allein) 2015 Woven linen on canvas with embroidery and rabbit glue 65x60cm
languagepattern n1 (sæl er den som husfred eig) 2015 Woven linen on canvas with embroidery and rabbit glue 65x60cm
languagepattern dn 1(lingua franca) 2015 Woven linen on canvas with embroidery and rabbit glue 65x60cm
Language and time determine our experience and our knowledge of reality. My work uses woven linen, which has been fabricated by my grandmother during her adolescence in Germany of the 1930’s. Handicraft played an important role for her upbringing and confirmed her identity for becoming a housewife and mother.
I found a booklet of proverbs for home embroidery among her personal belongings. The sayings show the attitude of the time. The proverb I use for my work “Trautes Heim Glück allein” emphasizes the perception of woman’s identity working merely at home.
Inspite of a quite good Norwegian translation, which is “sæl er den som husfred eig“, the meaning will not be the same as the history and cultural context is different. On the other hand the form of the QR-code as a pattern implies more similarity. This relates to the use of digital devices in today’s world. Nevertheless the transfer into an embroidered pattern reveals the interface of time, culture, identity and place.