23. september - 16.oktober
Vernissage 23. september kl. 18.00
The artist Elin Drougge has her formal education from The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, The National Academy of Craft and Art Industry (Oslo), and Oslo National Academy of The Arts (KHIO). She has exhibited both nationally and internationally, as well as taken part in several group exhibitions. Her work has been purchased by official collections such as the Arts Council Norway and The Olympic Collection Norway. The artist is currently based in Asker, Oslo.
The eponymous Disturbance refers to the state which signals an unfinished activity. In the context of the exhibition, the word acquires a somewhat unorthodox meaning: a disturbance which we find provoking and which inspires reflection, rather than causing an obstruction. This is a deprivation of comfort; a starting point of the creative process.
- Beata Nowacka-Kardis
Elin Drougge takes a direct and physical approach to sculpture, in which objects found in nature is combined with construction materials and wood work. The sculptures are often based on appropriation and recycling of found objects, in which nature meets architectural elements and furniture pieces. The artist thereby creates unique, miniature universes. The work reflects a great concern for details, which makes each pice convey a peculiar mood. The artistic expression is easily accessible, the underlying stories however, are not as easy to grasp. The sculptures constantly fluctuates between the fragile and the stable, the abstract and the tangible, nature and culture. Both physically and metaphorically they delicately balance between these states, thus creating a an atmosphere of disturbance or unease. This state of antagonism and contradiction creates an unreleased tension within the artworks.
Although the artist does not describe her work as ecological, it can bee viewed within the context of a trend of an increasingly ecological and holistic way of thinking and relating to art.