“Labour is the father of material wealth, the earth is its mother”
-Karl Marx/William PettyThe installation Waves is made of old copper pipes from a production plant. The green color of the oxidised copper is the natural patina after long term use in the production of nickel. The structure of the installation is given form of a wave and the artwork gives contradictory associations to both nature and industrial development. It reminds us the vital coexistence and the challenge we are facing, pushing the limits of what nature can endure before it turns back on us.
Lise Kolstad Yuen, graduated from The National College of Art and Design, Oslo, Norway, was born in Lillehammer and now works and lives in Oslo. In her work she strives to find an alternative reality, often based on her own sense of nature. Abstraction itself is a meeting between the defined and the undefined — a reduction to uncover a fundamental essence. Simplicity and accessibility are important parameters in creating visual associations and leading an artistic process to a result which is universal and recognizable. She seeks inspiration by reflecting on the tension between perception and reality, subject and object, culture and nature, as well as the relationship between the inner and outer world. She also is fascinated by ambiguity and likes to create a confrontation between opposing elements, combined with conceptual simplification, material expression and the craft. In our quest to understand, to find scientific proof and absolute answers, we are about to lose something important, our sense of wonder. In Lise´s visual universe, wonderment is a driving force in the development of her installations and sculptures.