As I have developed and grown, so has my art. For some time now I have been preparing multi-layered canvases with the intention of seeding my understanding of mysticism. My current work is focused on transforming these richly constructed surfaces into portals of power -- portals that enable an inner connection to other worlds beyond our three-dimensional reality.
At the same time, I'm exploring how my vision of the Divine Feminine. How she appears in my art is transforming into what wants to be called 'Guardians of our Time'. I see the entities that emerge from the canvas as Protectors of the Peace. They watch over and remind us that the power lies within and that we all have what we need to grow and blossom.
The portals and the guardians each carry their own message.
Within the paintings are keys, locks, compasses --images that indicate a direction to follow, pointers that lead the way. They are reminders of how to hold steady in rough times and the necessity to remain alert when the path seems unclear. Intuitively, viewers will find their own meaning. We all have an innate remembrance of where home is and remapping our lives is all part of the process.
A group of 5 artists, with different styles, joined ranks to call themselves the Art Collective; Kunstkollectivet. We first collaborated in 2021 and plan to collaborate again in August 2022.
We brought along earlier works to Kulturkrasj. Our street exhibition 'Out of the Ordinary' beautified some rather ugly scaffolding.
My volunteer role at Kulturkrasj is to create and install street decorations and build a creative atmosphere. Following years of festival and event experience, this means recycling/upcycling found objects to repurpose them for decoration. Installation can be a challenge - I have to think on my feet. I also hand decorations to other people - with guidance, but also trust that they'll bring their own energy to creating an atmosphere of play & intentional creativity.
The journey so far
17-30 July 2021
A group of 5 artists, with different styles, joined ranks to call themselves the Art Collective (Kunstkollektivet). We collaborated in a great exhibition and have plans to collaborate again in 2022.
#1 Subversive Granny, 31 March 2020
At school, we spent quite some time studying George Orwell’s 1984. He was a popular talking point in that era of the early 60’s. We had many debates and discussion about him and his work. I didn’t really fully understand it then, but of course such ideas became clearer over time.
These days it’s quite difficult to engage anyone in a decent conversation about what he wrote, and if one does bring it up one gets called all sorts of names.
I am using creativity and humour to process my inner life. I purchased this very good mask, early in Februrary amidst the laughter of my friends and family.
I saw what was coming.
Thankfully I have not yet used it as I haven’t been ouf the house for over three weeks. I borrowed the hat from Skelly, our live-in skeleton that resides in the front room, (the man I live with studied medicine) so in a sense both the mask and the hat have a connection.
#3 What's Going On? 1 April 2020
From the moment I was out on my sun rise balcony at 6.45 it felt different. Instead of just bird song there was noise from the town waking up and lots of traffic, lots of activity.
Everyone and his dog was heading to the local dump…and all the roads were full of cars. Supermarket car parks looked like they did before the crisis. It all looked very normal. What had changed?
Our restrictions on social distancing have been different from other places, what with the population being smaller and ea
#4 Hope for the Future, 2 April 2020
Actually this hat was made by Lisbeth Finch and Morton for my birthday. It seemed a very fitting time to put it on.
Norway is so together in dealing with current problems. Every day on the radio new ideas come forth. It is such a forward thinking social democratic country. So organised.
The population is only six million which makes a difference in how the country operates but it’s still very innovative with its progressive ideas.
#4 No Escape, 3 April 2020
have been going on for years and years about our need to wake up, and have had many a conversation with ‘thinking out of the box’ friends about how waking up might occur globally. We often came to the conclusion that the only way for mass awakening would be for some such event like this to take place. But I didn’t honestly expect it would happen in my lifetime, although there was always the possibility that something would.
I see from social media that there is a huge amount of different infor
#6 It's all between my ears, 4 April 2020
My Thinking Caps are small ‘captures’ of how I relate to our current adversity and they arise out of a need to process the huge amount of information coming my way.
It’s easy to be confused and I find myself being led off track. Sometimes I need to refocus.
#7 The Garlic Eater, 5 April 2020
Eating garlic was one of her favourite pastimes. She loved it.
#8 Dicey Times 7 April 2020
Thinking caps. Hat no 8. Dicey Times. This hat has a strong connection with hat 6.
It’s all between my ears. Where does my dice roll each day and who is throwing it?
#9 All Tied Up, 8 April 2020
What with one thing and another I got all tied up. Art piece no.9 is transforming all that male neck-knotting stuff in to something different.
#10 Plain and Simple
And here I am again. Making hats, using hats as a both a creative expression and a voice. As I make these artistic pieces, I am coming face to face with myself. This is both physically – I look in the mirror a lot, and mentally – I reflect on what I see.
I must admit over the years I have spent hours in front of mirrors making faces, faces that few people see, faces that NOBODY has seen. Some of them are quite scary and a lot are definitely not beautiful. This is where I am now, beginning to st
#10b Numbness, 11 April 2020
Earlier today I posted a nice little hat called The Garden Party. I was avoiding my feelings. I actually have a deep sense of Numbness in me today. So here we have hat 10b, which spontaneously presented itself.
#12 Easter Bonnet, 12 Aprl 2020
Happy Easter everyone wherever you are. May your day be fluffy and light.
#13 Caught Up In The Net, 13 April 2020
The bird on top is a hat in itself. Made from an old covered butter tub .
#14 The Brain Train, 13 April 2020
This one had to be a video for obvious reasons. I sent it to my grandson who is 14 (it was his train from long ago) and he said ‘I dont remember the train but it’s a scary video’. I replied ‘ We are living in scary times’. The idea of making it came in a flash, I had all the bits required, but getting that track to remain flat was quite an ordeal and no matter how hard I tried I could not take the video myself. Brain, train, drain, sane, were words that came up during its creation. The hat incid
#15 Anything for a Quiet Life, 16 April 2020
#16 Powerless, 17 April 2020
#17 3D, 18 April 2020
Life certainly looked better through the 3D glasses.
#18 When in Doubt, Eat Fruit, 19 April 2020
Wishing you all a fruitful Sunday. I am delighted that my submission for this book project got accepted. Nonprofit for a worthy cause helping the homeless during the pandemic.
Check out the crowd funder link maybe you want to buy a book.
#19 Hunting for Truth, Looking for Traps, 21 April 2020
#20 Taking a Break, 22 April 2020
#21 Head in the Clouds, 23 April 2020
Getting my head above the clouds was no easy task.
#22 Detective Daniels on the Case, 24 April 2020
By the time I was 14 I had read every Agatha Christie book available. There was something about being a detective that grabbed me, following threads, always looking at double bluffs and observing the least suspected. I used to love trail finding in the brownies and girl guides, along with anything that had clues and signs.
Probably having to be on guard constantly at home with a psychopathic stepmother set me off at an early age looking for signs and checking out the radar.
#23 The Ultimate Lie Detector, 25 April 2020
#24 Needle Therapy, 26 April 2020
After 24 days of the Hat Attack and all the associated symptoms..an over-inflated ego, exhibitionist syndrome, exposing myself to others, the worry of how long the attack would last, I got me a bit of needle therapy.
You can see I really needed this.
#25 Gardener's Nightmare, 28 April 2020
Undercover agent Dizzy Lizzy in disguise. Gardener’s Nightmare is a code name for an international operation. Don’t be deceived by those innocent looking flower pots…or those flowers..nothing is as it appears.
Finally, Esa Evans, that slug Hal gave me for Christmas some years ago has found a use!
#26 Just another brick... 29 April 2020
We don’t need no education We don’t need no thought control No dark sarcasm in the classroom Teachers leave them kids alone Hey, teachers, leave them kids alone All in all it’s just another brick in the wall All in all you’re just another brick in the wall
#27 A Piece of Pink Plastic, 30 April 2020
‘I’ve got a present for you’, he said excitedly, handing me a large wodge of grubby pink plastic used for wrapping hay bales in. ‘I found it by the side of the road, I am sure you can make something with it.’
#28 The Bonnet She Wore To The Ball
Nothing could hold her back, her resilience was strong. With the help of her own imagination she dressed herself up and skipped off to the Ugly Bug Ball.
#29 The Enchanting Spin Doctor, 3 May 2020
The ugly bug ball was full of surprises. Maybe she should have stayed at home and cleaned the pots. But it was too late now.
#30 Pineal Activation, 5 May 2020
Finally, after a lot of focused effort, her pineal gland burst into flames. She was one step further into understanding the human potential and the infinite possibilities of the mind.
#31 Disappointed, 6 May 2020
There was no crock of gold at the end of the rainbow.
#32 Being Played, 7 May 2020
As my life moved on, it became more and more apparent I was part of a game.
#33 Anyone for a Nice Cup of Tea, 8 May 2020
#34 I've got my eye on you 9 May 2020
These days when our personal freedom is being discussed there is much talk concerning surveillance. What does it mean ‘surveillance’?
My limited understanding of its use is through the crime series I watch and how the cctv cameras are always helpful in catching criminals. Looking into it I discovered this story which made me rather uneasy about how it can be used.
The incident takes place in china where surveillance is in total use. Every time we go through passport control, we undergo facial
#35 Love Sushi, 11 May 2020
Years of saving the little sauce fishes one used to get with sushi has finally paid off, their day has come.
If I was not so busy with the garden, I would have laboriously filled all the fishes with different colors, but necklace and earrings were enough. I mean I don’t want too get too obsessed with this hat malarkey. It could be dangerous.
#36 Enlightened, 12 May 2020
I must not let the hats and all the praising go to my head. I remind myself daily amidst all internal conflicts that it is my duty to shine.
Thank you for shining with me.
This could also be called gratitude.
#37 Don't You Go Messin' With Mizz Lizzy
I’ll be darned if it ain’t Mizz Lizzy down from the ranch. What’s she doin’ back in town?
#38 Captain Nut, 14 May 2020
Here to serve and save nuts world wide.
#39 Something Exotic, 15 May 2020
That fern just begged me to put it on my head. How could I refuse?
#40 Barking Up the Wrong Tree, 16 May 2020
40 days of hat making has got me thinking!
#41 Singing for the chickens in captivity, 17 May 2020
My chicken kept winking at me when I passed it. Then I remembered the chicken candleholder.
Making the chicken stay on my head required good engineering. But why was a chicken on my head, and what’s with the candle?
Then the thought about chickens in captivity came. As a member of Compassion In World Farming I am aware of the suffering farm animals undergo worldwide, and decided to use this hat to bring this to your attention .
Singing for the chickens in captivity is really singing for all c
#42 The Magic TV2 Hat / Forest Dancer, 18 May 2020
When the TV guys came to interview me they asked if I could make a hat. I quickly grabbed some stuff together and began to create one, not really knowing what I was doing.
My theme was pine cones as I had a lot of them. It was after they left that the real work began. The idea began to flow and it all fell into place.
As I use the natural materials I remember where I found them and this gives me a lot of sweet memories. The cones here are from France and Norway and the funny little nuts around
#43 King Lear, 19 May 2020
‘I am old and foolish and understand it not. The art of our necessities is strange that can make vile things precious’.
William Shakespeare Old King Lear rode by for a visit, puffed up his feathers and left.
More about the feathers tomorrow. They have their own story.
#44 Bird Woman, 20 May 2020
This hat draws your attention to the amount of birds killed on the main route from Dover to distribution centers all over the UK.
On this road there is a huge amount of heavy-duty traffic delivering and collecting consumer goods. These lorries kill a lot of birds. They create havoc with their tall sides and high speed.
Wasn’t it King Lear who once said ,
‘Gold is worse poison to a man’s soul, doing more murders in this loathsome world, than any mortal drug’.
William Shakespeare All the feath
#45 A Soft Touch, 22 May 2020
Out of all the hats I have made I think this one is really brilliant. I love everything about it. It was made it over three weeks ago and has been waiting for the right time to be displayed.
Some hats fall into place just like that. This was one of them. In the midst of world-lack, the 20-year-old rubber gloves were being thrown out and it felt like sacrilege. I grabbed them out the bin and at the same time remembered the old Chinese coolie hat hanging in the winter garden. In an instant I saw
#46 The Quantum Factor, 23 May 2020
Because Mr. Mischief dropped in (two hats back) and provoked me, I started to see that rascal Dread hanging around on street corners.
Dr. Dread has quite openly, in full sight, been up to his tricks wheeling and dealing but it was easier to turn a blind eye to his nefarious ways.
Captain Nut, from the World Nut Rescue, (Hat 38) reminded me of the quantum factor that surrounds our every thought and how the universe is evolving and we are too.
Pineal Activation (hat 30) convinced me that we can
#47 Look Who's Been Lying Again, 24 May 2020
It’s hat 23 again with additions. Also called “Am I just a puppet on a string?”
¢48 The Problem with Plastic, 25 May 2020
Single use plastic disturbs me. Throwing it away doesn’t feel right, even though its supposedly recycled.
I have periods where I obsessively keep my plastic food containers, saving them for a time when I can use them creatively, and thus ease my guilt. I wish we didn’t have to use it and had other options.
Consequently, I have a large amount of single-use plastic that once held the food I purchased. Plastic needs to be phased out and replaced with something kinder. I wonder if I will see the e
#49 The Second Wave, 26 May 2020
Learning to surf the fear.
Some of these hats take time coming from the initial idea into fruition. This is one of them. It has been in my mind since the second wave was first talked of weeks ago, now it is on my head.
Not #50 28 May 2020
Captain Nut’s (hat 38) mum was worried about the hat maker.
“Hmmmm” she said, gently stroking her pet Nutkins. ‘She is having trouble with hat 50, is she? Difficult hat that. I believe it’s called Freedom for humanity, isn’t it? How can you make that into a hat?
“Poor woman she has been on the go for days now . How many days is it? What did you say? Nearly 60 with the face masks. Goodness. No wonder she is having a hard time with this one. When she will stop, poor love?
“I think she needs a s
#Start Up Sunday
Nothing like wearing a giant clog on your head to start up Sunday,
#50 Freedom for Humanity
Out of all 50 hats this is the only one I was asked to make and was given a title for. This led to a longer incubation period. It seemed fitting that this one should mark a completion of my journey through the pandemic.
It was a tricky one to engineer, I knew what I wanted but putting it together proved to be a marathon of a job. I also wanted it to be living so I had to wait for the mustard seed to grow.
It is a hat full of symbols.
The first part of the hat that came into being and is the b
These hats came into being at the beginning of self-quarantine in March 2020, when all our lives changed and everything took on a strange perspective.
It was a time when I felt asense of powerlessness creeping in. As such, It was the perfect time to embark on a creative journey. The hats turned into a marvellous piece of conceptual art where I was able to use my creative genius in the most wonderful and inventive of ways.
I made a hat a day as a means of having a voice in a powerless time. I was rather bold and found myself in my element, not only was I making strongstatements with the hats but I was challenge the typical stereotype of being an older woman in a very positive way.
The hats gained media attention - including a couple of minutes on Norway's 9 o'clock news. Musea, run by Shiloh Sophia based in California asked me to hold an online exhibition. I was delighted. Several other woman artists also gave me the opportunity to talk about my making hats as a means of tapping into creativity.
I nearly said no when offered the opportunity to display my work for a short time in a pop up art gallery. There was a lot of work involved in getting it together but taking the risk was worth it.
Hearts hold a lot of symbolism for me, and I have been an ardent collector of them since my sweet Rosie passed on. All the hearts I find are transformed and revitalised, just as hers was placed in the body of another, giving new life. I get great joy from this small act of beauty.
What you see depends on where you stand / A Redde Norges Kultural Av
Labben Arts Center
Remembering Bird Woman
Birds appear frequently in my work. They have played an important part in my life since I began to explore shamanism 20 years ago. I consequently worked on honoring roadkill by using the feathers in ceremonious ways.
Now I spend considerable time feeding them and cultivating friendships. They give me a tremendous amount of pleasure and I know that by participating in their lives I have developed kindness.
Collage has always been an integral part of my art life, I love it. The act of ripping, cutting, and sticking is very joyful and I find it a wonderfully easy way to get stuck into creativity.
Over the years I have made a large body of work using this technique, its something I turn to when in need of motivation.
Collage makes a great workshop for all ages. It must be said, I am passionate about paper and have a huge collection of serviettes which I sell as decoupage packs.
I have been enthusiastically involved in the Kulturkræsj street festival for 6 years and love how it is evolving. We have created a day of fun entertainment with world music, amazing food stands from different cultures and lots of free activities for kids. We are always looking for more people to join the team, check out our Facebook page for details.
Falling into Place
Sandefjord Svommehallen Café
1 April 2020 – 1 February 2021
The titles of my exhibitions often refer to where I am in life, and Falling Into Place did just fall into place.
The Dreamsong of Olaf Åsteson
Light installation, Et Eget Rom Sandefjord
This Dreamsong is is an old Norwegian song about the initiation of Olav Asteson over the 12 Holy nights of Yule.
It is a song of transformation. This installation and exhibition was about me transforming the dark negative feelings I had about the Chritmas period, my birth date and my relationship. There were 12 paintings in all. One for each holy night depicting the initiation journey.
Transforming the Shadows
A Joan of Arc Among Women
Mother & Child
ER Galleri, Sandefjord
Breaking Through was a culmination of my meeting with the Divine Feminine and the discovery of sisterhood. Two very powerful connections leading to the art of allowing and deep soul searching.
I really connected with the Divine, the Goddess and all the myths, stories, rituals that accompany such strong female archetypes throughout time. She in her myriad of forms entered deeply into my life guiding, teaching, and influencing me in a multitude of ways. It was the right time for Her to appear.
All the feminine archetypes that were created for Breaking Through asked to come into being during this time of inner revelations. And like women they have many rich layers. Rooted in the Divine Feminine they have since transitioned into guardians holding a powerful presence.
Trusting in the process is of vital importance, as is following inner guidance allowing them to reveal their personal message. They represent voices that want to be heard and ask deep provocative questions but most of all they herald the return of the sacred feminine.
Hjertness Kultur Center
Translatinggrief and joy into something that could be seen and touched.
When death enters our lives working with grief is so vitally important. It is not something that ever goes away and needs to be tended from time to time with love and care.
I love sticky-back plastic
It all started with sticky-back plastic and the act of mindless cutting and sticking to process my sorrow and grief.I unknowingly stepped into the world of flow and intentional creativity; discovering the wonderful healing power of art.