We have all been affected and maybe humbled by the events of 2020, the year that most of our plans took flight without us, leaving us stranded in situations we never anticipated and prepared for. My professional schedule with exhibitions and preparations for new projects in 2021were mostly cancelled or delayed. During lockdown in Paris is the spring, I concentrated on a new series of paintings, for a scaled down version of what was to be my jubilee project, marking 40 years as an artist and designer.
When the lockdown finished on the 4th of June in Paris, my team in MYworLD Studio ventured outside and created an improvised performance in Butte Chaumont with The Sumerians on Holiday, to make a tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement, that fights institutional racism on a global scale. Paris and France is not exempt from the accusations, especially police brutality and murder has been exposed now in the media; our eyes and our hearts need to open wider to fight fascism and injustice.
In summer 2020 I moved ‘MYworLD Studio Norway’ to a new location in Hillevåg, Stavanger. Coming back to rural Norway and birth city Stavanger I felt free again, leaving the pressures of the large city demands to a cozy ‘time bubble’ in this small sleepy coastal town. It was incredibly restoring after the Paris lockdown to be close to pure nature and with simplicity in relationships with cherished lifelong friends. I enjoyed working on a new series, works on paper, with the title ‘Psychemical Buzz’, employing my passion for quick spontaneous drawings ad large stroke calligraphy-like brush strokes. Using two primary colors made famous by Yves Klein, I realized he referred to them as the colors of healing.
I enjoyed working on a new series, works on paper, with the title ‘Psychemical Buzz’, employing my passion for quick spontaneous drawings ad large stroke calligraphy-like brush strokes. Using two primary colors made famous by Yves Klein, I realized he referred to them as the colors of healing.
The radical U-turn.
The horizon for an international art career in 2020 just seemed to have evaporated. The questions of travel and sustainability on 4 continents and the sharpened edge of the yet more powerful and monolithic, commercial art world that this year turned to virtual visit and virtual exhibitions, I admit to being ‘really tired’ of the game where the money is more important than the art, where it is still harder for women to reach the financial success based on their merit and talent.
New global territorial gallery structures with seemingly unlimited resources took this crisis as an opportunity to do virtual exhibitions, showrooms, art fairs, and auctions with powerful marketing budgets and the feeling of being marginalized was as present as ever.
‘One has to take care not to be discouraged!’
Since 2017, I have made a point of making art that is impossible to sell and collect, with the #LightHackSculpture installations. I did this as a way to break with the predictable pyramidical structures that dominate and implicate everybody in the profession.
In the last quarter of 2020 back in Norway, I humorously started to define myself as a regional artist, 30 years after I exiled my hometown of Stavanger for an international career where my talent would find resonance. Two scaled-down exhibitions marked the Jubilee, in Stavanger -Galleri Amare, and in Oslo with the exhibition: ‘In the beginning, there was Paint’, in Galleri TM51.
With Norway also on the pandemic alert, I could still keep working with ‘The Sumerians on Holiday’ project as social media events, in nature, and with friends happy to be part of something creative.
This winter I have self-exiled in a west-coats beach cabin, living with the waves from the North Sea, with daily walks in wind and rain, starry skies, and late-night bonfires with friends on the beach.
I enclose here the seasonal greeting card, based on the performances of 2020 with the project The Sumerians on Holiday. I wish you all find peace and a way to sustain your creativity and passions in the challenges that come.
HAPPY HOLIDAY HOPES
The 2020 year as seen by The Sumerians on Holiday in collaboration with Pia MYrvoLD – with poetic messages intended to inspire and create hope for a better world in 2021.