paper, glass, rubber bands
I went to Norway. Winter. For the Northern lights. Before going, I saw images and movies about the lights. Seemed impressive. I thought that it would be a nice challenge to try to do an artwork about it. Or with it. Or whatever. Just something in these circumstances.
Turns out, Northern lights are beyond description, and trying to get something from that feeling in a object seemed wildly impossible. But a challenge is a challenge. So I tried.
I went to a shop. It was between Christmas and New Year's eve and in this region of the globe, there's not a lot of places that are open. A Mini-market it was. I went to the office supplies, and found a neat all white notebook. That would have been for the drawing of the Northern lights. I took also a batch of rubber bands, all the same color, natural that is. On my way out, there was a stand with items on sale. Among them wooden picks to do brochettes. I knew it wouldn't help with the drawings but I was kind of attracted to them.
I hit the road hunting the Northern lights. A few stops along the way for gas and coffee. Driving on the snow when it's all dark outside and 3pm in the same time is a bit confusing for my habits. While stopping, I decided to use the pages of the notebook to do something else than drawing since the task, again, seemed impossible. I took a page of paper, the picks, the rubber bands and some snow to make small sculptures. I took a picture and destroyed the sculpture. I threw out the picks and the rubber bands, but kept the paper, a little wet from the contact with the snow.
I did thirteen of these sculptures.
Coming home, I took the now dry but curled pages and tried to find a way to keep a hint of their origins. I decided to still consider them as drawings, and thus to frame them. I used two sheets of glass and some new rubber bands to hold them together as frames.
For the first exhibition of these drawings, I had the possibility to do a small publication, so I used the pictures of the sculptures.