“Don’t think you are special” (Danish: “Du skal ikke tro du er noget”)
Aksel Sandemose: “A Fugitive Crosses His Tracks,”1933
My recent works are Influenced by my upbringing in Denmark and the country’s unwritten “Jante Law”, identified by the Danish/ Norwegian writer Aksel Sandemose, which refuses to acknowledge individual effort and places all emphasis on the collective.
In my sculptures and installations I interrogate the social structure of lost individualism. I create sculpture as metaphor for the tension between the singular and the whole.
My wall hangings titled “Hide”, made from men’s white dress shirts, stitched together as skins of an unknown workforce, resemble hunters trophies displayed on walls. They as my soft sculptures “Weight” and “Posture” are dissected and put together anew. I play with our universal interpretation and relationship to the suit, a uniform of leadership in the Western world.
My materials are carefully chosen for their relevance to uniformity. Using repetitious work methods like hand stitching, or cutting, I create patterns of units expressing void and displacement. I carefully arrange white material, against a white wall, making my pieces blend in instead of standing out, articulating homogeny and representing the blank individuality within the collective mass, eliminating the singular.