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Gjertrud Hals

White Night

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Previously shown at Basel 2021 for $35,000.00.

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White Night is a web-like hanging sculpture made of metal wire and cotton fiber, all handmade, by the pioneering Norwegian textile artist, Gjertrud Hals. The title refers to the time the Norwegian summer solstice in June, when the sunsets are late, the sunrises are early and the darkness is never complete, the twilight lasting all night. White Night is typical of Hals’ artistic vocabulary. Like small microcosmes, inspired by mythological story-telling and children’s worlds, Gjertrud Hals’ works seem to possess their own laws and logics, moving somewhere between delicate neatness and unrestrained inspiration. In the words of the artist, they propose a reflection “…on the relationship between nature and culture, in which the lives of modern humans are moving between chaos and order. Forces of nature and war create chaos, after which a new order is elaborated, always both the same and a little bit different than the previous.“

Gjertrud Hals


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.

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    Cotton, Metal

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    200.0 x x 200.0 cm (78.7 x x 78.7 in)

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