Jessica Hemmings

Textile Writer

yellow, weaving & rubble

3_tone_bjordam_2012In Norwegian artist Tone Kristin Bjordam’s videos colour unfurls across the screen. Liquid colours are suspended. It is easy to imagine we are seeing textile dyes. We are not, but their liquid swirling suggests a magical dye pot better behaved than the real thing. Bjordam’s “imaginary landscapes and paintings in motion” are explained in part via the artist’s family background in geology.[i] In 1927 the artist’s grandfather discovered a rare mineral deposit containing aventurine feldspar (also known as Sunstone), mica and quartz on the family’s farmland in southern Norway. Some believe that Sunstone was used to help the Viking’s navigate in cloudy weather. Fact or fiction, the thought of materials mixing and freezing into a solid state millions of years earlier has a beauty that informs her liquid practice today.[ii]

The range of change that is visible to our unaided sight is vast. British artist Jilly Edward’s attention to place and her close observation of change relates here. Fields of yellow rape seed seen on a train journey from England’s southwest to northeast – flowing from warm and bright to new green growth in the colder north – inspire her recent work…

[i] http://www.tonebjordam.com/ [accessed September 20, 2016]

[ii] Telephone interview with Tone Kristin Bjordam September 21, 2016.

(image credit: Tone Bjordam)