INSTALLATIONS by Danish Artist
Floating Soul, Salt Life, Life Time/Time Life
10.04 - 19.05.2015
Before arriving Yogyakarta as an Artist in Residence my knowledge of Indonesian Islamic culture and symbolism was limited. I was invited to create an Installation specifically for Kersan Art Studio large Pergola 8x8 m. From experience I know that I don’t suddenly get brilliant ideas. They come slowly with hard work and are born and shaped in time and space. Therefore it was important for me to create some sketches and work with visual symbolic ideas before arrival in Yogyakarta for a period of 7 weeks. These ideas could then be developed and adapted to the physical and psychological realities.
To create an Installation / Exhibition I must fully be the artist I am, meaning I have to talk the visual language I speak. It is impossible successfully to combine two very different cultures and visual languages in just 7 weeks.
The material I chose for my exhibition are Indonesian everyday materials like bamboo and clay - in the form of jars and bowls, as well as a common Indonesian visual symbol language. In this way I hope both physically and mentally to engage in dialogue with the Indonesian spirit. After visiting various production workshops, working with bamboo and pottery, I decided that I would realize 3 of my Installation idea and not only the large installation under the pergola
'Art should not be understood, cannot be understood, it must be sensed and experienced and fill one with wonder'.