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Presentasjon av kunstnerne Birgit Brab og Karen Ingeborg Bye.
2010 Etching 100x70cm
framför is a set of etchings based on many observations of the Nordic landscape during my scholarship at Borås/ Sweden. Living in Kiel in completely flat countryside on the coast of the Baltic Sea I was impressed by the rough, tight, monumental scenery and the special atmosphere of water, stone and forest. It was so sublime and on the other hand so strange, that I asked myself, in which way do different landscapes influence our identity and our idea of home.
In my etchings I work with forms and areas, and their relation to space. Lived moments and situations are the starting-points or ideas for a form, which I then look at from a distance and convert into my own illustrating language.
My concentration lies on the essence of the moment; which is shown in a simple and reduced, yet condensed, and in itself, multiple form. I choose in order to focus to concentration on the shaped area, which is the essence of the work. This mode of expression signifies my search for continuity and reliability.
Karen Ingeborg Bye
2013 Acrylic on paper 125x200cm www.kareningeborg.no
THE VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE MEMORY OF LANDSCAPE Battlefield. Hiding place. Danger. Safety.
Often, when travelling through beautiful fields or forests, or maybe visiting a wonderful beach, I can remember scenes of terror and feel the presence of those who felt violent death in the same landscape.
The beauty of nature and cultivated landscape in contrast with the charged history; a landscapes identity contains a series of events through time. The character of this identity is changing, depending on our feelings and know- ledge, our sense of history and the perception of defeat and loss.
Most often, my landscape paintings are based on concrete places. I either know these places well, or I relate to them because of my own personal history. However, the places always somehow communicate with my own identity, with my perception and memory. Working on these paintings, the creative process becomes a synthesis of my own identity, and the identity I add into the places I choose as motif from my own knowledge about its background and history.