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Gjertrud Hals

Gjertrud Hals, Blue Devi, 2022. (250 x 115 cm. Unique piece)

$41,500.00

Description/

“Gjertrud Hals’ most recent wall sculpture, ‘Blue Devi’, is formed of a multitude of intricate structures in shades of blue, made by the Norwegian fiber artist using various different techniques including paper casting, embroidery, weaving, crochet and lace. Devi refers to a divine mother goddess in Hinduism. When traveling in India many years ago, Hals was fascinated by the statues and representations of the Hindu gods and goddesses, Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Krishna, Durga, as well as a myriad of others within the Hindu universe. Their faces and spirits left a lasting impression on the artist. On the one hand, they were so far from the Nordic culture in which she was raised, and yet, their canning human resemblance made them appear so close… Like small micro-cosmoses inspired by mythological story-telling, ‘Blue Devi’ is a memory work evoking a powerful poetic, spiritual and cultural journey.

The artist’s upbringing on the little island of Finnøya in Norway is profoundly anchored in her art and her relationship to the region’s nature and culture is deep and complex. Trained in the art of tapestry weaving in the 1970’s, Hals’ interest in feminism and women’s culture associates her with the new wave of women artists exploring the sculptural potential of textile. ”

Materials: Cotton, linen, silk, and kozo.


Gjertrud Hals

designer

I was born and raised on a small island on the north-western coast of Norway, and this has to a large extent influenced my artwork. As a seasoned traveler I have observed many different cultures. Much of my artistic work is an attempt at expressing the connection between the islands micro-history and the worlds macro-history.

I was educated as a tapestry weaver. However, I soon started experimenting with other techniques. My breakthrough came in the late 1980s with Lava, a series of one-metre-high urns made of cotton and flax pulp. These vessels mark my transition from textile to fiber art.

I make objects that vary in nature and in the techniques applied: I cast, spray, cut, knit and weave..Like gathering world wide myths and experiences, collecting material and objects is also an important part of my work process.

I do enjoy the fact that I can creatively act as I please, use whatever material I wish, be severe and meditative one day and playful the next.

  • Date/

    2022

  • Color/

    Blue

  • Edition/

    Unique

  • Material/

    Cotton, Silk

  • Dimension/

    23.0 x 16.0 x 30.5 cm (9.1 x 6.3 x 12.0 in)

  • Style/

    Contemporary

  • Heritage/

    Norway


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