Just a little more personal.....

So Steve Klien asked me if my work was about line, as I had just defended my technique, saying I love the line and the way it moves and becomes fine and gossamer.  So I have spent the day and will probably spend the next several days exploring this idea.  Right now I think my work is about so much more than just a line, it has the ideas of my insignificance in the landscape and the passing of time.    But does my work convey this?

 Daniella' rock   

Daniella' rock

 

Daniella Salathe, brought in this rock today and I almost flat lined!  It is so beautiful I was sure it was carved, but I have been assured it has been worn away by nature...simply amazing!

Why do we spend all this time and energy trying to imitate nature?

In the Studio!

Arctic Glass studio is a place of wonder cleanliness and complete organization! We are starting off the work portion of our residency and I am stuck as normal! But things will get better!

Still bad snowstorm here most of the day. I am glad we did not drive in this!

 Blowing snow toward the harbour

Blowing snow toward the harbour

We did see a guy on a Spark today ...I am not sure if I am spelling this right, and I will try and post a better photo another day.   And we discovered Bacon spread, bacon  stuff that comes in a toothpaste tube...have not tried it but it could be interesting.    

So in the studio for 6 days...13 artists from 7 different countries.  It makes you very humble to see what amazing things others are doing and how talented they are.    I will post more about each artist in the days to come. ( If they agree)

 

Berlevag and Witches Memorial

What a day....we started in Vardo with the Witches Memorial....a memorial to 98 people murdered in the 1600 for apparent witchcraft..... Very moving, very disturbing, an amazing experience.

 Witches Memorial 1 light for each woman murdered

Witches Memorial 1 light for each woman murdered

Then we drove 4 hrs to Berlevag..in the some of the worst weather ever.  There was blowing snow and  and icy road....Richard did a great job of driving...I would not normally travel in this type of weather.  Grateful to be safe and sound.

As the lovely Miss Shelagh from Scotland said while toasting us all with a wee dram of scotch..."here is to the drivers and the survivors!"

 

Sami people and Vardo

Tonight we are in Vardo,  we came under the ocean in a tunnel to get here it is not light out so I can not see for sure but we drove far enough down, under the water that our ears popped.

We went to a Sami museum today and heard many great songs from the Sami people and saw many great artifacts.

 

 Fish drying racks at the Sami museum

Fish drying racks at the Sami museum

So today I had 2 amazing things to eat... Soft waffles with jam and whip cream in the middle and we actually had cod for dinner..... I haven't had cod since I was a teenager and it was good.  The fantastic news is the Norwegian cod fishing was much like ours...depleted, and had come back....there is hope. Tomorrow we drive over a mountain pass in a convoy because there is supposed to be bad weather, wish me luck! ( oh they do have studded tires here they call them spiked)

BERGEN..my new Love

There is soooooooo much to tell you from today,  First Terri, the gal I am rooming with...took the room key and left me downstairs and did not return to get me...you cannot use the elevator without a key, and we only had one!  Nice!   

Then we went to Kode museum and saw the show Beyond Glaze...... I was entranced by the work and it  made me want to do clay...yet again!  It was an exchange between Norwegian and Chinese artists. Nice to see the collaborations and the results.

THEN  we got to go to S12 Gallery where we met the most amazing people and glass artist.  The gallery in an amazing space that offers residencies and classes to the community.  I enjoyed our exchange of ideas and hearing about how others have arrived at their amazing work and this stage in their life!

The people at S12 suggested we go up the vernacular to the top of the mountain right here in downtown Bergen . We noticed lots of small children and babies going up the mountain so I spoke to several of the boys on the way up that had sleds, or what I would call a toboggan, and they told me that for 90 Krone they can ride up the hill all day and slide down.  They graciously let me take their photo which I will include.   

We are off to dinner..... I leave for Kirkeness tomorrow so will write when I can. 

 Kvasbo

Kvasbo

 ice near a pond

ice near a pond

  2 young sledders

 2 young sledders


 Bergen from above

Bergen from above

To Bergen

So yesterday I left Oslo by train, yes dragging my incredibly heavy suitcases with me for Bergen on the coast.  It was a 6 hour train ride of pure delight. we were surrounded on the train by many different languages and  people going into the mountains to ski for the weekend.  What a delightful way to travel!   So as we rode higher and higher you noticed the snow draped trees getting smaller and smaller and then, no trees..only snow in all its delight making patterns and covering houses nearly to their roofs.  And then on the other side of the mountain , the rocks where dripping in moss, I could not help  but think of Christian Bernard Singer and his work, and how he would enjoy this place.  Upon arrival at Bergen , no taxi could be found so we dragged our heavy suit cases, through snow to the many odd looks of people on the street, and when we got to the hotel, they had us booked in a attic room with a steep set of stairs up.....I really need to learn to travel lighter.  Bergen is a visual delight.  An amazingly beautiful town on the edge of the ocean. I will write more about it later but if you get the dance to be here you really must come visit. And for dinner Salmon baked in sour cream... ahhhhh

 Houses in the snow!

Houses in the snow!

 Bergen

Bergen


More art!

Saw more great art today...today was contemporary......Damien Hirst, Jeff Kuntz, and my new favourite Anselm Kiefer.  It was a bit colder today...getting us ready for the trek up North.  I take the train to Bergen this morning  a 6 hr ride across country.  More and more of the residents were showing up in Oslo , met many of them for dinner and had many laughs.       I am completely inspired by what I saw......you can understand why!

AHHHHHH!

To be privileged enough to be down the road from some of the worlds best painting!   How lucky to be able to bask in the wonderful creations of others. I discovered 2 new favourite painters August Cappelen and Adolf Tidemand...some amazing work.  I was also thrilled to be surrounded  by a room filled with Munch, another room filled with Monet, Manet Cezanne, and  Gogain.   Feeling grateful today to experience some amazing art.    Oh I can't forget I met an amazing living artist Olga  from Norway...thanks to friend and mentor Paul Klein who introduced us....

www.DudyginaART.net   look up her work it is fantastic!   She took us on a great walk of the city , showed us things we would have never seen and shared experiences and opportunities with us.  She is a pure delight!  

 Adolf Tidemand   

Adolf Tidemand

 

From observer to participant

So how easy it is to move to participant.   I had friends from the states arrive!   We walked giggled, laughed and ate some great pizza for dinner.  Well 2 of us did, one of my friends was so zapped from the plane ride...she could not get out of bed!  It did not matter that no one around us was speaking our language we could engage and share and discover.  

We did see a general strike today.  I believe it was the public transportation workers protesting government trying to force them into working more than 7.5 hr days.   I will try to find out more today as this was a really large crowd and very interesting for me  being from a place where many people work 12 hr days.

Day 2 ...Good morning!

As I write this I cannot connect to my email here for some reason.    It worked last night, but today not so lucky...so I realize how far away I am.  I am also emailing with Mrs Parish's grade 8 class in Balmertown and last night I emailed them a photo of my dinner and the bill.  They asked me why it was in 2 languages and it made me realize how isolated I am.  English is not the first language here ( of course) and everywhere I go I am surrounded by conversation, and signs I don't understand.  I am not alarmed or upset by this, but I realize it once again puts me in the position of observer, one I am quite familiar with as an artist. It also brings out those feelings of insignificance in a society in which you are not a part.  Something which I will try to explore further during this time away from home.   I am off to explore more of Oslo and galleries today!

 

OSLO !

I made it!   I flew from Toronto to Reykjavik and then onto Oslo.  It was wonderful.  Icelandic air had great seats and great service. They really promote Iceland, and I would love to spend more time there.  I found my hotel, and the mall...so all is good. People are wonderful and friendly and the temperature a lovely -5C. I will keep you posted !

On the Road Again

2015 Interior Design Show......  What an amazing experience...to be surrounded by beautiful things, and inquiring people...... an experience I am grateful for!   Favourite question...what material do you use?   I love to see peoples faces when I say "It is glass!"