DEEP FOREST LEARNING
Title: DEEP FOREST LEARNING
24 pages, size: 14.8 x 21 cm, paperback, saddle stitch, English, 2022.
Displayed at the zine fair Cut Copy Paste organised by Singapore Artbook Fair and Things Books Shop and curated by Shrub, 2023.
The book is juxtaposing photos from tropical dipterocarp forests with texts on AI and machine learning, reflecting on whether the terminology in AI indicates a (subconscious) longing to re-connect with the natural world and/or whether there are possible deeper connections between nature’s living intelligence and artificial intelligence.
Photos of dipterocarp trees and forests are from Rimbun Dahan artist residency in Malaysia and the nature reserves Bukit Timah and MacRitchie in Singapore.
Title: ELLESKUDT (ELF-SHOT)
44 pages, saddle stiched paperback, Danish, 2022.
Based on Scandinavian folk tales about elves and on the alder swamps in the moraine landscape around Copenhagen, the artist book “ELLESKUDT” explores connections between language & landscape, image & text, and between the digital & the physical realities.
The title directly translates to “ELF-SHOT”, which in Scandinavian folk mythology means: the condition you suffer when you have been shot with invisible elf-arrows by the elves. When you are elf-shot you are sick, bewildered and enchanted. ELLEVILD means almost the same, but is also used today for ‘over excited’. And it is all going on in ELLESUMPENE (the alder swamps) where ELLETRÆERNE (the alder trees) grow and ELLEFOLKET (the elves) live
SCANDINAVIAN SPRING COLLECTION
Scandinavian Spring, a collection of forest fashion for women (mixed materials: cotton and chiffon).
The patterns of the garments are created digitally on spot in the forest, followed by digital printing on textiles, which are then sewn into garments on demand, 2022 onwards.
Each garment is accompanied by a booklet.
Instead of aiming for a representation of nature (e.g. landscape painting or photography), the work is meant to be an activating link between "the viewer/wearer" and nature. The work reflects a desire to reconnect with nature, in this case a typical spring beech forest in Denmark.
The clothes are feminine and not what we traditionally consider as outdoor garments. Instead they aim to let the wearer adapt and honour the local surroundings and to experience a different kind of natural understanding.
MADE IN MACRITCHIE
A collection of garments made for walking in MacRitchie Nature Reserve, a tropical rainforest in Singapore.
The patterns of the garments are created digitally on spot in the forest, followed by digital printing on textiles, which are then sewn into garments on demand.
This "forest fashion outfit" asks the wearer to explore issues of (be)longing, how to become a local and adapt, strangeness and perception of nature and self.
The garments have been used and exhibited in various forms at L'Observatoire, the Substation, Institute of Contemporary Art at LASALLE College of the Arts, and at art events and walks in Singapore, 2016-19.
CASH & CARRY CANVASES
A series of landscape paintings made of costumized recycled landscape paintings and textiles. Small "consumer information" booklets were attached to the paintings.
These paintings play on conventional ideas of art, consumption and sustainability. They were exhibited as part of the Open Multi-Stakeholder Event on CSR-driven Innovation at Erhvervsstyrelsen,
KVIDDERKVAD / CHEEP CHIRP
Graphical representation of birdsong as described in manuals for bird watchers.
Originally exhibited and sold in book form at Forårsudstillingen, 2004, Kunsthal Charlottenborg,
(The Danish Society for the Protection of Birds).
They have been exhibited at Singapore Art Book Fair, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, 2018 and Overgadens Bogmesse, Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art , Copenhagen, 2007.
Prune Poetry is a further development of the work exhibited in the group show "Working with Paul Thek" at Camden Arts Centre, London, 2000.
THESE PAINTINGS ARE MADE FOR WALKING
Botanical flower paintings are often associated with women's art, a "feminine" leisure activity with roots back to Victorian culture.
In this work the paintings are made to be worn (away) and to shine a light of flower power on wearer of the businessman shoes.
Acrylic on shoe soles,
exhibited in the group exhibition
"Money without Limits" in
Øksnehallen, Copenhagen, 2003.
Jewellery made of seeds, plastic, precious stones and folk phrases.
Exhibited as part of Wild Wood Woman and are now dispersed.
Evolutionary fashion made by natural selection.