The image of a house on the countryside just as realistic as I can believe in it, a picturesque village in France during a tourist trip or the opportunity to see a living mammoth wandering in the zoo’s enclosure. I have ducked for knowledge, conscience and critical scrutiny, and often based on my own interests, affirmed beautiful ideas, dreams and fictions. But if you look closer, the image literally crack, shrink, skew, dislocate or even explode.
To value in terms of beautiful and ugly, creates norms and I am not so interested in what makes beautiful or “right”, but more how the evaluation itself affects our daily lives? It may not be a big problem when it comes to artifacts or phenomena but it gets complicated when it comes to nature, life or even people. Key concepts such as sustainability, equality and accessibility, how does this evaluation affect which nature should be protected, who should be considered equal and for whom should we be accessible?
The word normal can hurt if you are not covered by it”The aurthor Martina Lowden in Dagens nyheter (Mitt skräckslagna hjärta vill tala om rädslan, 2011-10-26 when she for the first time came out as diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome. Translation from swedish by LE.
In the crafting of my works I have challenged norms about what is considered aesthetically beautiful and skilled in making in favor of expressiveness, individuality, physicality, unlearning, unbalance, improvisation, dissonance, distortion, atonality and more. Concepts where some are borrowed from music as music has always been the art form that can most easily put me in a state of inspiration, flow and self-confidence. With music as an example, I also want to challenge the textual language as the main source of knowledge, as there is so much in life that cannot easily be described in text or that is open to subjective interpretations. These traits can be seen in a lot of my works but are most visible early in my artistic career when most of my works were non-figurative, and named “Untitled”.
Robert begins aggressively charging into Rhys in the next section. By now the sounds have become incredibly distorted, reaching a compelling density which makes it difficult to tell whether it is going backwards or forwards. The overtones set up psycho-acoustic phenomena. Some people claim to have heard male voices. The church bells return, going into the syncopated rhythm which is now louder, deeper, more gutsy. “Trash drugs and male bonding, Kim Gordon, Is It My Body, Selected Texts, edited by Branden W. Joseph, originally published in Real Life Magazine, no. 3 (March 1980)
Processing and communicating this duality between wanting to become independent of and make visible the effect of aesthetic evaluations and fictions and at the same time continue to be seduced by them has been the basis of my art work ever since my time at Konstfack in the mid-90s. In my view this contradiction affects society in many levels and can be a contributing factor to the growing polarization we see in society today. It’s a kind of politics I’m doing, but I did not understand this myself until somewhere between my son’s Asperger’s diagnosis and that I was invited by the Nature Addicts Fund Academy in collaboration with dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel to an academy for artists in different genres who more or less works from a sustainability perspective.
Too much critical scrutiny can sometimes stand in the way of the strongest experiences. After all, the initial passionate love is based on looking away from the other’s faults and shortcomings and who does not want to fall in love? Maybe we can allow ourselves strong experiences of beauty and fiction but still somewhere in the back of our minds understand that beauty is always changeable, subjective and excluding. To put on the cloak, take the one ring in a chain around the neck, walk to Vesuvius, throw the ring into the volcano and in the next morning, go to work as usual.
”Anything that enhances diversity is good. Anything that reduces diversity is a colonization act”, “Individuality is beautiful for diversity.”Vandana Shiva, physicist, philosopher, ecofeminist and activist at the Seeds conference, dOCUMENTA(13)