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Colored by the summer

I was born not far from Glommen, but I have never been there. I stepped into the landscape for the first time this summer and it is stunningly beautiful. It is so flat, and the cattle keep the grass short. From the ocean comes the wind, and there is nothing to stop it. I walked around, felt the grass, took a bath in the ocean and petted the cows. It felt like a Swedish summer dream. But the beauty has a price, and the wind is hard on the environment. It bends the trees, and fades the paint on the houses. Wanting to harness this power of nature, I made two textile art pieces. The first piece is made from hemp fabric and nails. The nails will corrode and color the fabric orange. A part of the textile is resting in a bin filled with water from the ocean, as salt accelerates the rusting process. The second piece is a linen and viscose fabric woven through a fence, suspended in a bin of indigo. I have started a fermenting process that will help to dye the fabric blue. The water in the bins will disappear during hot summer days, and be replenished when it rains. I hope that by the end of the summer stripes will appear, as a record of the varying water lines.

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