Jessica Hemmings

Textile Writer

Bente Sætrang

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS

“All Colours are my Friends: process and chance in the textile work of Bente Sætrang”

Norwegian artist Bente Sætrang’s commitment to the textile now spans four decades of creative output. Accolades include significant public commissions from Norges Bank, the 11th International Triennial of Tapestry’s silver medal award, as well as work held in the permanent collection of the Norwegian Museum of Decorative Arts and Design. From 1987 to 1993 Sætrang was Norway’s first Professor of Textile Art. But at the conclusion of her Professorial appointment, she recollects: “I was impatient to return to my own work!” Since then Sætrang has worked in earnest from the Oslo studio she has occupied throughout her career. From 1993 onwards three distinct bodies of work have emerged: an intensive investigation of trompe l’oeil drapery on reused tarpaulin; a series of monumental abstract colour studies, which also used recycled tarpaulin as the canvas; and most recently, a return to textile printing on damask and cotton yardage, in a series of bold prints produced for her solo exhibition at Kunstnerforbundet in the autumn of 2020….

full catalogue essay forthcoming 2020

image homepage and above: courtesy of Bente Sætrang “Pink Madder Lake” (2010)