Kristina Aas, the MA student at Bergen National Academy of the Arts participated in the international symposium “Felt 2010”.
The symposium, which lasted for two weeks, from July 25 to August 7, took place in Alanta Estate, Moletai, Lithuania. There were 17 participants from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Greece and Norway in the symposium. This event was organized by a group of textile artists, called “White Moths”. The subject of the symposium was “Ecology and Art”. Only the natural Lithuanian wool was used for the works of art. Each artist interpreted the subject in his/her very own way. In evenings the artists presented their works, debated on relevant topics in creative events.
After the symposium exhibition has been opened, which will continue till the end of August and in September it will be moved to Vilnius, gallery Artifex.
Kristina Aas created four works, which were presented in the exhibition:
“Floating”, felt with birch seeds; 50×50cm.
“Secrets”, felt, glass, paper, textile; 7 objects, 30×30cm.
“Dream”, felt, silk shirt.
“Underwear”, felt; 2 objects.
In her works, she tries to understand what is so special about felt, to point out the exclusiveness of this material, which shows up best when combining it with such contrasting materials as glass or silk. The work “Underwear” reflects simple playing with a stereotypical image that wool is a rough material, not good if close to skin, persistently reminding that it is animal’s fur.
The aim of “Floating” was to reveal the many layers of felt, spreading birch seeds among the felt layers, found on the skirts of Alanta street.
The inspiration of the work “Secrets” came from childhood, where the most interesting toys for a child used to be a piece of paper or glass sliver. When girls buried them in playground, it became the biggest secret, which could be trusted only to the very best friends.
The work “Dream” is like the interflow of nature and culture, the end of a piece of clothing created by someone from sleek, beautiful silk in the grey mist of felt. Sheep fur is about to usurp the white robe, which loses its purpose and becomes just a plane…