|Music – a whole world to enter
I do not play an instrument, but I can listen!
The first time I experienced, how music can stimulate your imagination, was many years ago on first hearing Per Nørgård’s ‘Iris’. A small piece of music - 20 minutes – and the images came tumbling onto the paper
Not only is his music creating images, but Per Nørgård’s thoughts have also had an enormous influence on my working methods.
His compositions based on the mathematical principals of the golden section and the square root 2 have given me the understanding of the importance of a firm structure, within which you can freely improvise.
He has told me about transparency in musical composition, and his lectures around pauses and ’lakes of tones’ have become part of my conceptual understanding.
In the book ‘The Lull’ I constantly return to ‘the pauses’, and what they mean between people. The lull is the quietness which arises, when people have a meaningful conversation, and there is stillness in which to think, sense and reflect.
The music made by the composer Thomas Koppel has been in my ears since I was present at the ballet Triumph Of Death in 1972. Choreographer and dancer Flemming Flindt made a ballet for the Royal Ballet in Copenhagen with music composed by Thomas Koppel from the band Savage Rose
Later on I became very preoccupied by his music for the play Mass For A Case, based on a book by Kafka. This was performed at Gladsaxe Theatre with Flemming Enevold as the leading character. I have tried several times to describe in drawings my experience of this unique play.
Thomas Koppel’s Improvisations For Piano (2006) has a big importance in my life.
Listening to this CD creates the space for my own thoughts, that I need so much, when I am working.
In 2007 I was inspired to illustrate and make accompanying drawings, to Improvisations. I took my most attractive binding and filled it with ink drawings inspired by the music.
My book binding dates back to a workshop in London, lectured by the very skilled designer/ bookbinder Marc Cockram. I visited his studio in three different periods to learn the art of bookbinding.
I have moved slowly from simple bindings, to more refined processes, that to date have culminated in creating a book binding in vellum with rounded back. (Page 20)
This book has now been brought to life with drawings to Improvisations for Piano
Henryk Górecki: Third Symphony
Henryk Miko?aj Górecki (born December 6th 1933 in Czernica, Poland) is one of the most important Polish composers since the Second World War. He is best known for his Third Symphony, the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs.
When I listen to this piece of music, I always recall Christian Boltanski’s room filled with stylized hospital-beds in small scale, which could be seen in the exhibition Dissappearance at Arken between 10. 24. 1998 – 1. 31. 1999. As this exhibition space had a recess with a large iron slab on the wall, I formed many associations to the concentration- camps and the extermination of the Jewish people. The small beds could easily be seen as dump cars on track, or they could symbolize individuals stripped of their identity.
The music deals with the suffering of the Polish People in a both touching and dramatic way. Although it speaks about death and loss, it still at its last gives the listener a sense of hope for the future. All the way through the music is very beautiful, in the beginning heavy and full, but later rising in lightness
Blæk, vand, akvarel / ink, water, watercolour