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Avklipp (Cuttings) Margrethe Loe Elde: avklipp. (Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen).

Margrethe Loe Elde
Avklipp (Cuttings)

25 October - 25 November 2018

In recent years, Margrethe Loe Elde has explored the materiality of textiles and how they can be transformed from flat surfaces into volumes without using a needle and thread. She has searched for the ‘nature’ of textiles, working directly and intuitively, and created conditions that allow her to put great confidence in the inherent qualities of materials as she develops the works. The exhibition Avklipp at SOFT galleri is a natural continuation of this exploration process.

Loe Elde’s material starting point is textile refuse. She finds this material interesting because it is close at hand and intimately related to us and our lived lives. Clothing, bedsheets and curtains carry stories and experiences. The stories may be forgotten, but they nevertheless live on as traces in the materials, as wear and tare, holes and stains. For Loe Elde, the used materials add an extra dimension to the works of art, and the hidden stories are like a quiet undertone.

In working with the exhibition Avklipp, I’ve been interested in things that are peripheral to our attention, things that arise as a consequence of other events and actions, that usually evade control and critical examination. Examples would be in-between spaces, remnants, things left behind when someone moves house, refuse from a building site, the backside of a piece of embroidery and fragments cut from a cutting…

The sculptures and objects are made with cloth remnants, craps, rags that used to be clothes and discarded textiles. They are built over a long period, layer by layer, like sediment or dregs. The artist mostly wants them to have a shape that emerges naturally, without being too controlled.

Margrethe Loe Elde (b. 1968) lives and works in Hokksund and studied at the National College of Art and Design, in Oslo and Bergen respectively. She has participated in group exhibitions such as Tendencies, Connecting and the annual juried exhibition Craft. In 2014, at this latter exhibition, she won the prestigious Craft Prize from the national art fund Bildende Kunstneres Hjelpefond. She has held solo exhibitions at (among other places) Akershus Art Centre, Østfold Artists’ Centre and Gallery Format. Over the years she has received numerous artist grants. Her works can be found in the collections of the National Museum (Oslo), KODE (Bergen), Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum (Trondheim), Buskerud County Council, Kongsberg Municipality and Pilotgalleriet in Buskerud.

The exhibition has received financial support from Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond and Statens utstillingsstipend.

Avklipp (Cuttings)

Margrethe Loe Elde: avklipp. (Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen).

Avklipp (Cuttings)

Margrethe Loe Elde: avklipp. (Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen).

Avklipp (Cuttings)

Margrethe Loe Elde: avklipp.