This years theme is CAMOUFLAGE and the showroom for the works is the outdoors, in a forest area at Høgås in Notodden, Telemark.
When it comes to this years theme, I haven decided to pick the aspect of camouflage that has to do with natures own way of creating organic shapes.
Nature grinds and shapes rock over a timeperiod of millions of years. The rock that I am working on for this project is a 300 million old one, known as larvikite. Its actually been recognized as Norways «national stone», but has sadly been more appreciated on kitchenbenches then in art. Its a rock known to be full of crystals, because of the long process of it cooling down after being liquid lava. It therefor had a lot of time to create these crystals, and they bounce of the light and create a beautiful blue shimmer.
Its surreal to see that, working with this stone, it takes me so little time working with creating shape, compared to the time it has taken nature to make the stone and how much time nature takes to shape it on its own.
I tried to not have to much ideas of how to shape the stone, and just use its natural shape as guidance ,and naturally, when I came upon cracks, I thought about if it would be necessary to do any changes to the shape to prevent the piece from splitting into pieces.
The tools I have just for shaping, is an cutter with a diamondblade. In the process I thought about polishing it, but polishing disks are really expensive, so after a while I desided not to go through with it and just keep the surface of the rock plain.
I later on looked through my folder containing pictures of sculptures, and found one sculpture made by a woman named Maria Bartuszova. She made small and large pieces in plaster, and sometimes mixed these with elements of rocks. The shapes where so organic, soft and humanlike. And I became interested in playing with this, since my rock now looked very rounded and soft - maybe playing with adding another material and making them merge?
So now waterclay and stone have merged and the result is to organic shapes that is ether having a dialog or they are eating eachother up, no one can tell for sure. The stonepart will remain for hundreds of years outside in the weather, and the claypart will vanish very quick. I think its a little fun playing around with the idea of making something that will vanish almost straight away.
My choice of going for a material such as stone, is because I like using natural materials when I know that this is something that is going to be placed in a forest. I dont like the work to disturb or take over the nature. The nature is so beautiful on its own, and I think that it should only be enhanced and uplifted , not occupied.