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[1.06.15 - 30.06.15] Idun Baltzersen - Norge/ Sverige

"My work has it’s base in an interest in heroines, martyrs and different forms of representations of female figures, loved by art history’s male genious artists throughout time. I explore the relevance of identity, and I am especially interested in the iconography of the young girl".


Idun Baltzersen fra Norge/ Sverige


Name: Idun Baltzersen

Nationality: Norwegian        

Homeland: Sweden

Town: Stockholm

Age: 27

How long are you resident? From 1/6 until 30/6

Have you been in Trondheim before? Yes, I was born and raised in Trondheim.

Do you wish to get in touch with somebody in Trondheim? Sure! I like new people.

Is it something you look forward to…? Residencies are a funny thing because you usually are so isolated from the city that you are in, and the few people you actually get in contact with are the other artists in the residency program. I think the experience will be very different for me this time because I´m actually returning to my home town.

About you work

Discipline: Visual art

Technique: Printmaking and drawing.

Statement:

 My work has it’s base in an interest in heroines, martyrs and different forms of representations of female figures, loved by art history’s male genious artists throughout time. I explore the relevance of identity, and I am especially interested in the iconography of the young girl. I re-draw and recreate these images that I find, using different printmaking techniques, a very hand made process. I am adding violence as I create, the pictures are not drawings but they are carved in wood, and they are really big, always bigger than life size. If I print them, I usually do it by placing the wood on the floor of my studio, covering it with an old bedsheet or another type of textile, and then I step on it until the image is transferred to the textile. My footprints are clearly visible in many of the works. Through this shift in dimention, I make the teenagers into monuments, and I am forcing the teenage girl, with her often reluctant, withdrawn body language, in to taking space. I see it as a tribute to teenage angst and melancholy, as well as the right to be angry, and for the anger to be directed to whomever is in the way. The girls in the pictures are looking away from the viewer, refusing their gaze, and are being in charge of their own narrative. They are looking away as if they are preforming a ritual, as if they were in a secret cult, they are doing their own thing, and the viewer is not invited in.

 

Plans for your residency?

I´m hoping to get some prints done! I am working with a new series of screenprints, thinking it is the beginning of some kind of graphic novel, but I´m not really sure. I´ts a post-apocalyptic epos where a bunch of guys in suits try to find the last remaining Dressmann store. I am also creating another new work for an exhibition at Kunstnerforbundet in September.

 

 

 

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