Red Traveler, digital Jacquard tapestry in cotton and wool blend, metal hardware, rope, 190 x 240 cm, 2017
A new perspective can make everything seem rosy and interconnected. As a tourist, daily habits are different, how one uses their phone and social media, what pictures are taken. No matter how deliberate I am, I tend to record the same things as everyone while on vacation: food, museums, scenic views. I also tend to fall into a loop of thought: this is my life, I am making the most of it, my life will someday end. When I am home, I think about bills and messages and meetings, so this loop is probably still happening, just buried under the busy. What is it about feeling ‘so alive’ that makes one so aware of the opposite?
Combining these digital prints, red adaptations of generic tourist images with the digitally-woven drape aims to describe this duality. The repeated skulls on the tapestry act as literal and metaphorical arch over the memories: their simplified forms rendered in styles similar to punk patches or general merch to remind that this is not a painful meditation, but a human one.
Red Traveler was shown at tour tourist, neutral new at Oslo Ø, 2017
Red Traveler, limited edition artist book