Sculpture, Paper mache on Other
Size: 0.4 W x 0.4 H x 1 D in
In today’s world we are overloaded with aesthetic information, making it increasingly difficult to decipher the clutter. Information Overload I is a sculptural collage, composed of thousands of paper spikes cut out from magazines, hand-rolled by the artist, and glued onto what was once a plastic world globe. It is attached to the ceiling by a thin thread, making it turn around its own axis; the speed is induced by movements in the air created by passers-by. The viewer’s eyes are seduced by a wonderful colour play, but as they zoom in on the surface, they cannot rest – as if they were bombarded with splinters of information, causing dizziness and unease. Spikes are often found in the natural world and serves as an aggression/defence mechanism, so when standing in front of the sculpture, one has the contradictory feeling of being both visually/tactically attracted to and instinctively threatened by it.
Sculpture:Paper mache on Other
Size:0.4 W x 0.4 H x 1 D in
Ready to Hang:No
Ellen Ringstad graduated from Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Fine arts department in 2012. She mainly works site-specifically and context-sensitively. Her performative installations are expressive and eclectlic. They often contain a participatory element, where smell, sound, temperature, texture, light, image, text, movement et cetera are symbiotic parts of the whole. Ringstad readily makes use of surplus materials, leftovers, waste, condemned buildings and the like and re-appropriates it. The material she gathers and transforms are physical explorations of death, life, cyclicity, essence, existence and transcendence. Ritual transformations like this draw parallells to alchemy and other esoteric and occult philosophy. www.ellenringstad.com www.ellenringstad.wordpress.com www.refusetobeacoward.com
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