Site images from late spring when we were building the Biotop. A big thanks to those who helped with the project:Vilmer Jensen, Thomas Bentsen, Morten Plesner, Lorenz Sedlmeyr and Tobias Melin.
And a special thanks to “Områdefornyelsen Fuglekvarteret” for the support
A two week residence @ NNKS Kunstnerhuset in Svolvær, Lofoten, Norway.
The mountains in Lofoton has fascinated me for a long time and finally I got to experience them. For two weeks I was watching and walking in, on and around the formations of the mountains. I made clay sketches of these formations. For some particular shapes of the mountains I felt a special interest. My concern was not an intellectual understanding of this interest, rather I tried to connect this immediately interest with my hands forming the clay. In this way I wanted to explore the feeling of relation between me and certain formation of the mountains. Feelings of relations fixed into pure form. This study will become useful in my work with my organic shaped structures and relations between them, people and places. Back in my studio I will explore these ceramic sketches in relation to my structural pattern making.
I am happy to present the design for two new lamps called “Hjermind 6 & 7”. These lamps are introduced and exhibited along some of my other ceramic work at “More than Design” at the Finders Keepers fair in Økneshallen in Copenhagen this coming weekend. The shade for the lamps are made of porcelain and they have steel legs which comes either in stainless or in black. I also have a stand where you can purchase the lamps. Drop by, have a look and please share your thoughts on these new lamps.
I produce the lamps in my workshop in Nordhavnen.
“Goahti” is the north Sami word for the traditionally dwelling of the Sami people. In Norwegian it is called “Gamme”.
The Goahti was in use for thousands of years and until the beginning of the twentieth century. Some of the first people who came to Norway after the last ice age used this dwelling typology. At the Sami Museum in Varangerbotn there is two reconstructions of a Goahti. (the photos are of these two) At the museum we met Jorunn Jernsletten who told us more about the Goahti. Normally they were round with an area of 10-15 square meters. The structural system were made of wood covered with wooden sticks on the inside and a layer of birch bark and grass turf on the outside.
In the center was the fireplace. And opposite the main entrance, behind the fireplace, was the “Båassjoe”. This was a place of taboo, and here they stored their food and the sacred drum. Both the fireplace and the Båassjoe where sacred places. (it was taboo to step over, or into the Båassjoe)
The goddesses had specific places in the goahti. Madteraahka (The mother from the beginning of all time) stayed beneath the floor. She was responsible for the creation and protection of the Sami people. She had three daughters. Juksaahka and Uksaahka where connected to the entrance, and Saraahka stayed under the fireplace. Saraahka where strongly connected to the wellbeing of the Sami people. And she had the role of protecting the home and the family. Daily offerings were made to Saraahka.
The concrete placement of the goddesses in the Goahti meant their daily lives were surrounded by spirituality.
Originally there was two doors in the Goahti. The main entrance and one opposite, just in front of the Båassjoe. The door in front of the Båassjoe were sacred and used for taking in and out the drum. And also for bringing in hunted animals which were believed to be sacred.
When the missionaries came they permanently closed the sacred door in front of the Båassjoe. This is probably why the two reconstructed Goahti´s at the Sami museum only have one door.
Research trip to the very north of Norway supported by The Danish Arts Foundation.
Research trip to the north-eastern part of the Varanger peninsula at the very north of Norway. We met so many kind and inspiring people on our journey and we are now searching the posibilities for realizing a project in 2019 at this truly amazing and spellbound place.
The journey was supported by The Danish Arts Foundation.