Opplev en verden av blomster og planter i arbeidene til Inger Johanne Rasmussen, en av Norges ledende tekstilkunstnere. Hennes monumentale og fargesterke tekstiler pryder tømmerlåvens rustikke vegger sommeren 2018.
Inger Johanne Rasmussens (born in 1958) is famous for her innovative textile works. Her tapestries are often compared to paintings, since they contain several subtle shades of colours, just like watercolours. The process behind a textile work begins when she draws the theme, dyes the felted wool and cuts it into pieces. She then uses the pieces as the starting point for her applications. Layer by layer, the pieces are glued and sewed together by hand to form a pattern; anything from a plant-inspired pattern to geometric shapes. The themes represent both personal memories and our cultural heritage. In them we can see patterns from popular tradition and textile history, transformed and retold by the artist.
Textile art has a tradition of brightening and bringing warmth and colour into our everyday lives. An admirer once said that when she dies, she wants to move into the world created by the patterns of Inger Johanne Rasmussen. The artist’s themes stir our senses, and we feel comfortable in the beauty and vulnerability. In the Timber Barn, part of the former Cobalt Works’ Director’s Residence complex, Rasmussen will be displaying new and familiar works.
Rasmussen studied at the National College for Handicraft and Design at Bergen from 1978-82 and 1992-94, and at the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm from 1982-83. She has had a number of major exhibitions in Norway and abroad, in venues such as Sven-Harry’s Art Museum in Stockholm (2015), Telemark Gallery (2015), Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall in Arendal (2013), Spiral Garden Gallery in Tokyo (2012), Drammens Museum (2008) and Sørlandets Art Museum (2006). She has also published several specialist books on fabrics. Her work has been purchased by most of the big museums in Norway, including the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo,Sørlandets Art Museum, National Museum of Decorative Arts and design, KODE Art Museums and Composer Homes, Bergen, Arts Council Norway and Oslo Municipality, as well as a number of private collectors and embassies abroad.