Exhibition Norway Sept. 2014
Another duo exhibition In Norway, Årnes, with Norwegian painter friend, Marit Stang.
Once more her large canvases were paired with my own small bracelets. The combination works, in its own peculiar way. Show title: The place, the tree, the flower. Impressions and memories. Marit's main source of inspiration were trees, while mine was flowers.
To be precise, mine was memories of places related to flowers and the changing seasons. This 2014 exhibition was colored and inspired by wildflowers well known in plant hardiness zones 3-9. These first signs of summer merged with sweet childhood memories - expressed in a rich selection of bracelets. The work title was (badly translated): Armready flower memories.
Five themes emerged, inspired by the flowers from earliest spring through summer and autumn into the first days of frost. It resulted in five collections based on five colour moods:
1) Hepatica in earliest spring, before the onset of green.
2) Still spring, but now fragrantly green, forest violets in mossy woods.
3) Then, full summer with happy meadows in colourful bloom.
4) A burst of warm red and purples take over wood and marsh.
5) Occasionally, frost surprises some lingering stubborn growth and sugar-coats the garden.
To quote Ralph Waldo Emerson: "The earth laughs in flowers".
When spring is still uncertain and dull brown, the warm blue Hepatica flower heads peak through tawny winter leaves. Intensely blue, and pleasant colour shocks to the senses after a long winter in black and white.
Violets in the Moss
Next memory, the fragrant violets I used to find in a mossy forest glade. Their sweet scent blends with the fragrance of the moss; a perfume I wished to wear.
The Summer Meadow
Then the summer explodes in the wildflower meadow. Sunny and bright, choose and pick a flower in any favourite colour.
And before we know it the colours change again. The purple heather in the wild gets a backdrop of fire, with red golden moors.
The Frosted Garden
As a last pale afterthought; the stubbornest lingering garden flowers after the first frosty night. Subtly bleached - like they have been sugarcoated.