Born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1963. My father was a painter, and I have been painting more or less my whole life. In 1999 I moved to New Zealand to start up a new business together with my husband, and after successfully having started Crossware Ltd, I decided to take some time out for myself and started studying Fine Art. I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art from Whitecliffe College of Art & Design in Auckland in 2007 and in March 2010 I was awarded a Master of Fine Art, also from Whitecliffe.
Coming from Scandinavia I was brought up with a passion for design – uncluttered simplicity which creates a greater sense of light, combined with clean lines and organic shapes. My work is often very playful and questions the liminal space or ‘the third space’ – the space in between cultures. I have empathy for materials, and involve my viewers by using fabric and other textured materials in my work; fabric which gives associations to domestic life, narratives and reality, countering the excess of information and imagery that has subsumed our everyday lives.
Estranged Exhibition September/October 2017
Beautiful, harmonious, utterly perfect – and therefore so very scary. I’m no longer ‘perfect’ – my face is no longer harmonious - or even symmetrical – my face is unknown to me – I’m estranged from myself.
I’m in a liminal space – between the ‘old me’ and the ‘new me’ – and I’m not sure I can ever amalgamate – I’m anxiously floating in the in-between.
I no longer know or acknowledge the cells in my body – they’ve been taken over by something alien – something I cannot connect to or have a conversation with. My body has become a stranger to me with inhabitants I haven’t invited or welcomed – and yet, they are there – deep within. I don’t want to fight – to create a war inside my body – I want to cooperate and say ‘it’ll be OK’ – but how can I?
Examples of my work:
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