Back to Neverland, mixed media 79.2 x 14.2 x 53 cm 2016
"Back to Neverland", from “Neverland” (after the book of James M. Barries/Peter Pan) and will be produced both manually and with 3D cutting techniques. The subtext of it will be my artistic attempt to try to see how we are grasping space, reality and imagination. The work is based on the measures of the EURO/EPAL pallet. I am building a smaller copy of this pallet platform in the size of app. two thirds of the original pallet size. The work will be constructed from different wood of all types – so there will be a variety of different natural colors and structures, but all wood will be originally from industrial production. This smaller pallet will be filled up with these wooden plates and they will also “grow” in some points below or above its upper and lower pallet end.
Since the work will be represented hanging, this wooden “landscape” will be seen from the side and from all directions and resemble to a topography of nature, but these abstract forms are also reminding urbanic sceneries and skylines. Actually, I would like to build a world within a world inside of the pragmatic measuring system of the pallet, inspired by stage design for fantasy or science fiction movies but also directly referring to my former works. Unlike in the story of Neverland, in my work it is only the somewhat architectural shapes that are metaphorically referring to us humans (or elfs). I intend to keep a level of abstraction that is opening the chance for the viewer to fill the reading of the work with his own imaginery sources.
The work is hang from the ceiling in the hight of 150 cm from the floor and turn in 360 degrees. By this circular turning the pallet is actually enlarging its spacial radius, but also reflecting our image of universal cosmic movements, such as the rising and sinking sun and moon (maybe Norway is best for this, since it is on an edge of this natural cosmic rythms). The perception of seeing a cut-out “horizon” of these mountain-like or urbanic sceneries will be blurred to the viewer by this turning movement.