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Astrid Krogh

Seaweed in the Universe

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Previously exhibited at Basel 2021.

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As scientific exploration reaches the limits of the detectable and comprehensible, so it too relies on the creativity and imagination of the scientist and the artist to push boundaries, bringing scientific and artistic endeavors to interpret the universe. The universe is flooded with patterns, from the smallest particles to intergalactic structures. The patterns manifest themselves throughout, infinite in numbers and in constant change, chaotic and organized at one and the same time.

This summer, the Danish textile and light artist Astrid Krogh, who has been working for several years on the theme of the cosmos, had the idea of turning her eyes from looking up into the sky to instead, looking down for answers. Every morning, when she went for a swim in the sea, she took her scuba-diving glasses to look at the world under the water. She collected seaweed, which she dried when she got home. She had the idea of placing the seaweed in some kind of order/repetition to make a pattern. But during the making of these algae pictures, she realized this was not going to work…so she blended them instead into one big chaotic order…like the galaxies in the universe?

Widely regarded as one of Scandinavia’s most renowned artists in the field of light installations and textile art, Astrid Krogh works at the intersection of art, architecture and design. She has created monumental light installations and special commissions for numerous private and public collections, including the 21C Museum International Contemporary Art Foundation in Cincinnati, and Longchamp’s flagship store on the Champs Elysées in Paris.

Astrid Krogh


“Arne Jacobsen once said that light gives all things their presence, highlighting the important role it plays in bringing surfaces to life” – Bradley Quinn

Astrid Krogh, a classically trained designer has taken Jacobson’s observation further by integrating light into her work rather than using it for effect.

"I use light both as a material and a technology, the presence of light is an essential component of my work as light enables my textiles to pulsate, change patterns and create an entire spectrum of ever changing colour ways"

“My reference point is often Gobelin tapestries or ancient kelim carpets, from a distance their colour ways appear to be distinct, but a closer examination reveals how the boundaries between them contain entire spectrums of colour”

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    10.0 x 100.0 x 100.0 cm (3.9 x 39.4 x 39.4 in)

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