Minnesota-Nordic Pattern Paintings
This proposed research-exhibition series was initially inspired by my research of Swedish folk art patterns and their ancient symbolism and was created to honor my maternal Swedish immigrant ancestors. For the past several years, I have focused my creative research on the decorative-symbolic motifs found in Swedish and Norwegian historic and contemporary textiles and domestic artifacts. These sources have served as artistic inspiration to expand my current interest in Dekorglädje, literally translated from Swedish as "decoration happiness" and Nordic Mandala paintings. I am requesting continued support from the Imagine Grant to explore Norwegian patterns in honor of my paternal immigrant ancestors who emigrated from arctic Norway to Minnesota in 1907. This work is based on my research of the decorative-symbolism of traditional Norwegian sweaters and textiles and their cultural significance. Through a process of reinterpreting the patterns and re-designing, and re-contextualizing, the aesthetic possibilities, I continue to create a new series of mixed media paintings to be exhibited in Minnesota, Sweden, and Norway (2015-2016).
Note: I have applied for a Fall semester leave and a Fulbright to Norway for Fall 2015. If approved, I will first spend 2 weeks in Sweden researching, leading workshops, and having exhibition in Malmö, Kosebo (Småland), and Stockholm before I spend three months in Norway as a lecturer and researcher where I will co-teach Contemporary Arts and Crafts at the University of Adger in the Department of Visual and Scenic Arts in Kristiansand and travel in Norway as an artist-art educator-researcher.