Lost forever Time and Space
A tribute to the norwegian artist Theodor Kittelsen (27 April 1857 – 21 January 1914)
Kittelsen became famous for his nature paintings, as well as for his illustrations of fairy tales and legends, especially of trolls. One of my personal favorites is his book The Black Death.
For years I had been thinking about creating a small art gallery with miniature paintings.
After visiting the National Museum in Oslo a few times after it reopened, I couldn’t get the Kittelsen paintings out of my mind, I have loved his art for as long as I can remember, but seeing it up close again, inspired me to create a room with replicas of some of his most iconic artworks.
My replicas are all painted in oil, even if a few of them are originally watercolours or drawings.
A list of the artworks, (based on the order of the paintings in the photo above)
Langt langt der borte saa han noget lyse og glitre (Far, far away Soria Moria Palace shimmered like Gold)
Nøkken som hvit hest (The Water Sprite as a white horse)
Nøkken (The Water Sprite)
Vasstrollet /Vastroldet som levede af bare jomfrukjød (The Sea Monster)
Pesta farer landet rundt (She covers the whole country)
When making the frames, I used mostly coffee sticks and other suitable pieces of wood.
Some metal chains were glued on for decorative effects on some of them. I took inspiration from the framing these paintings have in the National Museum.
The Security Guard
I always envisioned this scene with an audience looking at the art. But as the scene grew, I wanted you and me to be the audience. The only character needed was just a guard, Dozing off, surrounded by nature, myths and mysteries
I tried various positions for him.
A modern Security Guard Uniform was made from very fine fabric, while details like the watch and his tie-holder are made from pieces of metal.
I made the floor from popsicle-sticks, that I stained in different shades and varnished for an exclusive gallery-look.
Not much furniture was needed in this minimalistic room. But I needed a chair for the guard. My choice of design was inspired by one I saw in a photo from a museum in Russia.