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Hanne Friis

Shiny Wave

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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


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    hand stitched, Natural dyed viscose

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    120.0 x 0.0 x 135.0 cm (47.2 x 0.0 x 53.1 in)

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