Gjertrud Hals, Juni, 2022. (148 x 184 cm. Unique piece)
“For Gjertrud Hals’ major copper wire wall sculpture ‘Juni,’ each of the different materials are chosen for their intrinsic beauty, be it materials from recycling sites or objects found on the beach or on the roadside, such as the reddish copper wire of electrical cables, the ring-pulls of beer cans, a fragment from a clock, or a piece of plastic jewelry. The artist weaves, knits and hammers these so-called poor materials delicately like a goldsmith, transforming them into refined grids, vibrating sculptures, poetic dream-catchers. Through her delicate yet powerful works, this ‘artist-alchemist’ shares with us her personal wonder at metamorphosis, whether it is a material that she transfigures from waste into art, or a culture she elevates from low into high, all the while maintaining a trace of its original state.
Gjertrud Hals’ 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.”
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.
25.0 x 6.5 x 25.0 cm (9.8 x 2.6 x 9.8 in)
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