2014 - 2017
Carborundum, Dry Point, Stencil
From 69 x 99 cm to 498 x 205 cm
Galleri Norske Grafikere, Oslo
Charlottenborg Kunsthal, Spring Exhibition, Copenhagen
GraN - Graphic Nordica, Akureyri Kunstmuseum, Iceland
Bølgen Kulturhus, Larvik
6th Guanlan Print Biennial, China Printmaking Museum, China
MTG International Print Triennial – Krakow – Falun, Sweden
BIECTR, The 9th Biennale internationale d’estampe, Canada
National Original Print Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London
Ny-Ålesund, located at 79°N on the island of Spitsbergen in Svalbard, has one of the worlds northernmost settlements. From being a mining community, New-Ålesund has developed into a centre for international Arctic research and environmental monitoring. Around 35 people live there in wintertime. During the summer up until 150 scientists may arrive from around 15-20 countries. In addition, several thousand day-trip tourists, arriving with cruise ships, visit Ny-Ålesund each year. Nature here is vulnerable, and over the course of recent years, major changes have taken place. This includes a significant retreat of the glaciers and the disappearance of ice in Kongsfjorden, where Ny-Ålesund is situated.
My first visit to Svalbard was in the year 2000. After this I have spent many seasons there, as user of the Artist's cabin the Norwegian Visual Artists Association leases from Kings Bay AS in Ny-Ålesund. Several years I took part in research expeditions. The visits and collaboration with the scientists have resulted in several print exhibitions such as Geoprint and Plankton Portraits. In the series OBSERVED - 79°N my own sketches and photos from experiences and observations in the field form the basis for the prints.
In Svalbard, 60% of the land area is covered with ice, and less than 10% has vegetation. The midnight sun appears from 20 April. My fascination with this cold, grand and boundless landscape is difficult to explain. The light, ice, abrupt weather changes, animal life, polar bears, polar history and climate challenges are a part of it.
Professor Bjørn Jamtveit's text "On observation and subjective experience" was written for the exhibition.