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Millefleur Ingrid Aarset. Millefleur. detalj. Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen

Ingrid Aarset
Millefleur

16 October - 16 November 2014

The exhibition will be officially opened by art historian and art journalist Monica Holmen.

We are delighted to present an exhibition of entirely new works by Ingrid Aarset. In recent years she has won marked attention and recognition for her interpretations of textiles depicted in Renaissance paintings. She has created monumental works that often consist of several layers of textiles cut by laser – a relatively new technique within the field of textile art.

For this exhibition, Aarset has immersed herself in a medieval French and Flemish tradition – the millefleur pattern. This ornamentation involves a multitude of stylized flowers and other vegetal motifs that function as a background in tapestries. La Dame à la licorne (The Lady and the Unicorn), a series of six tapestries from ca 1500, is perhaps the most famous example from this tradition. During the winter of 2013/14, Aarset sojourned at Cité des Artistes in Paris. Whilst there, she studied these fantastic tapestries and made preliminary works for the exhibition Millefleur, which will now be shown at SOFT galleri.

Aarset argues that textiles can be read as strong cultural expressions of human life. Patterns and motifs recur throughout textile history, re-emerging as ‘new’ whenever a culture gains awareness of new qualities and develops new technology. The patterns thus become carriers of stories about the era in which they were made, and the lives of people living at the time.

Ingrid Aarset (b. 1958) lives and works in Hanevik, on Askøy (island) near Bergen. She is an associate professor of textiles at Bergen Academy of Art and Design. Some of her solo exhibitions have been held at Oseana Art Museum in Os, Northern Norway Art Museum in Tromsø, Sogn og Fjordane Art Museum in Førde, and at Kunstnerforbundet and Galleri Format in Oslo. Aarset has also participated in numerous group shows, not least, the annual juried exhibitions of the Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts, Wireless, Vevringutstillingen and Essens. She has been commissioned to produce public artworks for churches and nursing homes, and her art has been purchased by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Arts Council Norway, the National Museum for Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo, KODE Art Museums of Bergen, and the National Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Trondheim.

translation: Arlyne Moi


http://www.ingridaarset.no/

Millefleur

Ingrid Aarset. Millefleur. Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen

Millefleur

Ingrid Aarset. Millefleur. Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen

Millefleur

Ingrid Aarset. Millefleur. detalj.Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen

Millefleur

Ingrid Aarset. Millefleur. detalj.Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen

Millefleur

Ingrid Aarset. Uten tittel.Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen

Millefleur

Ingrid Aarset. Millefleur. Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen