MFA Exhibition, KHM Gallery, Malmö 2017
oak and linen screen, dyed with leaves from ash, beech, birch,
chestnut, maple and acorns gathered in the forest of Fontainebleau,
aluminium sulphate, iron sulphate, sodium carbonate and vinegar.
625 x 215 cm
France, in the mid-nineteenth century was the birth place for the realist movement. Romanticism and historicism had previously permeated French culture, manifesting in both fine art and literature. The realists rose in opposition. A handful of painters left Paris in order to live and work at the edge of the forest of Fontainebleau. They wished to depict landscapes by way of a physical encounter with nature, to depict the physical world without exotic or divine influences. In pursuit of this ideal, they developed a new genre of landscape painting that displayed the objective experience of nature reached through observation.
The material conditions, the nature that inspired the painters like Jean-François Millet, Théodore Rousseau and Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot are now conditioning new works in a most physical sense. Raw pigments from the vegetation collected on site produce random patterns, imprints and colourations on lengths of linen. From yellows to brownish greens and reds. From purples to bluish greys and blacks. From violet to vermilion.
utensils, furniture, tarpaulin, linen, hemp, jute, rusty iron, bags
of dried vegetation used in the dyeing process, glass jars containing
dye solutions made from pigments extracted from bark and leaves from
ash, beech, birch, chestnut, maple and oak gathered in the Forest of
Fontainebleau, aluminium sulphate, iron sulphate, sodium carbonate
oak framed photo gravures derived from high-resolution photographs of
treetops shot from below while picking fallen leaves
Each measures 22,5 x 31,5 cm