Red Traveler, jacquard tapestry (digital weave) in cotton and wool blend, metal hardware, rope,
190 x 240 cm, 2017
There is something about the cycle of being home and being absent, that double refresh that is brought by visiting a new place and then coming back to the familiar. 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?
In combining these digital prints, red adaptations of generic tourist images with the digitally-woven drape, I describe this duality of mind. The repeated skulls on the fabric (also based on google-image results) become a tactile arch of obsession 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