I spent my Junior year of high school in the village of Hamarøy, Norway. It has been 12 years since I was first captivated by its fantastical landscape. This experience has had a profound influence on my artistic endeavors and continues to be the driving force behind my explorations of folklore and landscape painting.
For 4-6 weeks this coming summer, I will embark on a painting expedition in Hamarøy. I will send a shipment of art supplies to Hamarøy and I will follow it on a plane. I am thrilled by the opportunity to revisit this magical place and I plan to produce a series of paintings which chronicle new investigations of landscape, culture and folklore. I will reconnect to and respond to a place that I regularly revisit in my imagination.
The Knut Hamsun Center, a historical museum dedicated to the life of the Nobel Prize winning author Knut Hamsun opened last summer in Hamarøy (see photo below), down the hill from where I lived in the vicarage. Hamsun grew up in Hamarøy and much of his work is inspired by the Northern Norwegian landscape. I will use the Knut Hamsun Center as a research destination, examining the relationship between landscape and literature explored in Hamsun’s writings as I explore the same landscape on my painting excursions.
I will make drawings, watercolor sketches and a series of oil paintings. I plan to work outdoors as much as possible, combining observation with invention. I will wander on foot and on bicycle, my connection with the invisible as important as my keen visual impressions of space and place. I will exhibit the paintings and drawings in Hamarøy at the conclusion of my visit. The work will be shipped back to the United States and upon my return to Minnesota, I will use the work as reference material for larger paintings in preparation for a larger exhibit.
I will incorporate these new painting adventures in Northern Norway into my graduate studies. The Art Institute of Boston’s low-residency program allows me the flexibility to immerse myself in a faraway landscape as part of my graduate school experience. Visit my MFA blog to learn more about my work and what I have been doing in the MFA program so far:
Funding will be used to purchase materials and supplies. Donations will also cover studio rental, shipping costs, sustenance and transportation costs. Thank you for your interest in my kickstarter project! I would be happy to respond to any questions you have.
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