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A Norwegian enthusiast embarks on painting expedition in Northern Norway. Painterly investigations of landscape, culture and folklore.
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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:

http://yergensmfablog.blogspot.com

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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