My practice revolves around and is inspired by direct contact, personal memories and intimacy. This has obviously been a challenging time for this kind of practice, but I have none-the-less dared to pursue this motivation, maybe in a way even more aware and insistent than before having to be physically and emotionally distanced. I currently work with cyanotype and monoprint as these forms of printmaking can be done at home during lockdown.
During summer, the numbers of Covid cases in Denmark were quite low. Society was open and the only signs of Covid were hand sanitizers in the shops and a lack of handshakes. I was able to carry out a portrait project with podcaster Amanda Hvid. We wanted to make a series of warm and sincere portraits of people from the area in Denmark called Mid Jutland concerning their childhood and relation to this area. The idea was to combine the visual arts with sound, so that the portraits would consist of both media. The end product will be recorded interviews of about 15 minutes, where we examine the subject’s memories of childhood, and a book containing only visuals. These visuals will include a portrait of the subject, and two visual interpretations of what’s being told, using cyanotype and solar fast. The viewer will be able to look through the book while listening to the recorded memories, somewhat like the “Read-Along Book and Tape” we’d borrow from the library in the 90’s.
The portraits are painted in different kinds of settings. Some are from life during the interview, some are painted from photos, and some will be painted before and after the interview. These different ways of painting visualise responses to different levels of intimacy, focus, and attention during the process, both from painter and sitter.
Medium:Daler-Rowney Acrylic Inks, monotype and cyanotype
Esben — From photo
Madena — From photo
Preben — From photo
Preben — Cyanotype test
Søren — From photo
Søren — From life
My dissertation topic circles around absurdity in children’s play concerning the reality of theater and illusion. Camus writes in The Myth of Sisyphus, “… In a universe suddenly divested of illusions and lights, man feels an alien, a stranger.” He talks, of course, about the experience of absurd realisation. My dissertation discusses this absurdity in relation to play, both in the world of theatre and in the imaginary creation of children.