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Hanne Friis

Shiny Wave

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Previously shown at Basel 2021.

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Shiny Wave is an important recent work by Norwegian textile artist, Hanne Friis. Profoundly organic, the wall sculpture in viscose is hand-dyed by the artist with natural materials from trees, such as bark, leaves, cones, as well as iron mordant, then carefully hand-stitched with a needle and a thread. In this way, Friis creates subtle variations in shape, texture and color by draping loose fragments against the tightly stitched mass, allowing the body of the sculpture to breathe out of its restrained folds. What begins delicately with a fine needle and thread explodes into large, expressive forms. The densities in the textiles bear witness to the actual process of creating something, an in-depth study, and association with the cyclic processes of nature. Friis does not imitate the laws and biological systems of nature, but touches on its primal forms in a wild, expressive interpretation.

Before specializing in textile art, Hanne Friis studied sculpture and painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Trondheim between 1992 and 1996. Today she is considered one of the most influential Norwegian contemporary artists working with textiles. Friis has exhibited worldwide and her works are included in several important public and private collections, including the National Museum of Art, Oslo; National Museum of Decorative Arts, Trondheim; Haugar Kunstmuseum, Norway; West Norway Museum of Decorative Arts and the Norwegian Parliament.

Hanne Friis


Hanne Friis (b. 1972) is a Norwegian textile artist educated at Trondheim Academy of Art. Friis builds on, and challenges, tradition through tactile, handmade and sculptural works. Her work has contributed to a growing interest for textile art in Norway. Friis collects her material from trees, mushrooms and plants, and colours the textiles through a long chemical process. She creates the final form by hand using needle and thread, resulting in the characteristic layers of fabric; a compact structure with an organic expression reminiscent of nature and the human body. Recent exhibitions include Soft Monuments, KODE Art Museum, Bergen (2015), We live upon a Star, Henie Onstad Art Center (2014), Attention: Craft!, Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm (2014), Thousands Threads, Lillehammer Art Museum (2013), and The Norwegian Sculpture Biennial, The Vigeland Museum, Oslo (2013). She is also behind a series of significant public commissions at, among others, Sentralen, Oslo (The Savings Bank Foundation) and The Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Friis is represented in collections such as The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Oslo, Oslo municipality’s art collection, KODE, The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Bergen, Nordenfjeldske museum of industrial art, Trondheim and Nordnorsk Art Museum. Hanne Friis Lives and works in Oslo, Norway.

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    120.0 x x 135.0 cm (47.2 x x 53.1 in)

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