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I dag presenteres den tyske kunstneren Britta Hansen og den norske kunstneren Dorthe Herup – begge deltagere på årets utstilling «Wer ist wo wer? Was ist wo was? – Identität von Mensch und Ort».
2014 Clay, glazed, painted 33x15cm www.britta-hansen.de
For 25 years I have been working with clay, mostly reliefs with drawings and prints from everyday objects. From the beginning I was very interested in aspects of society.
I often quoted themes from art history like Adam and Eve, Fortuna, Acteon and Diana. For a few years now I expended my work to include three dimensional objects, figures and architectures.
I could easily imagine these models enlarged to a life-size scale and installed on a touristic cruise liner. The positioning of a cruise liner can be easily verified with GPS; but the mental positioning of the tourists seems unimportant as they try to escape from every day worries. The cruise liner works as their paradise substitute, their land of milk and honey, where they can behave like animals.
2013 Tapestry in wool, cotton and div 140x195cm
HERUP-FAMILIEN (THE HERUP FAMILY)
I would like to convey fragments of our family’s stories to those who come after me. Historical photographies of relatives transform in my artistic process into a textile language and tell stories about those who were, and which form the basis for who we are. “The Herup family” is a part of this project.
The fisher man Christen Jensen left the barren coast of north western Jut- land, with his wife and child in 1902. They loaded their fishing boat with everything they owned, household utensils and fishing gear, and drove the boat along the Skagen (The Skaw) peninsula and down through The Belt to the Baltic Sea.
Here they searched among all the small islands, until they came to a harbor with a mile long breakwater of stone as protection. His wife and child were put ashore and he went out fishing. He came back with the boat bursting with fish. “Here we are going to live” he said, and so it was. He took the name Herup from the parish he left. The fishing was good and the family grew.