In May 2017 artists Gry Rask Sørensen (NO) and Annick Ligtermoet (NL) spent two weeks on a small patch of land on the Lofoten islands. When being isolated between the mountains and the sea for extended periods, changes in the environment seem to become more prominent by the day. The tide, ever-changing but always constant, becomes an undeniable presence. With the mountains looming large, this relatively short strip of the sea known as the intertidal zone opened up and offered a whole new world to be discovered.
Tidevann (Norwegian for ‘tide’) is about changes in natural processes. The exhibition shows the results of artistic and material research that started at an artist residency at Villa Lofoten. The tide became the core of the project; this natural phenomenon that is in constant flux, creating its own environment between the land and the sea. Many of the materials used in this project are found in the intertidal zone: seaweed, stones, salt and water. The resulting works are a materialisation of the fragile and fleeting aspects of the tide, connecting nature with the human psyche.
Rask Sørensen and Ligtermoet worked individually while keeping an active conversation. Using mainly natural materials, Rask Sørensen dyed cotton with seaweed and lichen, while Ligtermoet created new materials out of seaweed and bioplastics. In the exhibition, sculptures made of salt and seaweed are surrounded by weaves and embroideries, ceramics and photographs. In Tidevann certainty is lost; where some of the works are permanent by nature, others are ephemeral and would dissolve in water.
01. 'Overture', Photographic Diptych, 180x144 cm02. 'Lunar Whirl', Seaweed Bioplastic, Wire, Brass03. 'Littoral Drift' (detail), Salt, Bioplastic, Iron04. 'Littoral Drift', Salt, Bioplastic, Iron05. 'Into Cataracts' (detail), Seaweed Bioplastic, Chain, Brass06. Installation View, Huuto Gallery07. 'Algal Bloom', Seaweed Bioplastic, Wire, Brass08. 'Into Cataracts' (detail), Ceramics09. Installation View, Huuto Gallery10. Installation View, Huuto Gallery