at Henie Onstad Art Center, Sandvika, Norway
The very idea of labyrinth in Alice in Wonderland incorporates a great deal of symbolism. It offers the curious a means to become lost, and then find oneself again. It suggests danger lurking behind every twist and turn, and redemption for the true and brave of heart. It represents blindness and light, temptation and chaos, and satisfaction and serenity for those who brave the perils of the unknown and who win though.
What really interests me about labyrinths are neither its symbolism nor its geometrical configuration; but the idea of knowing the space through our bodies.
«When I get home I shall write a book about this place... If I ever do get home»
from Alice in Wonderland, 1951
About my piece:
«Forest flow» is a site-specific art project inspired by the labyrinth of «Alice in Wonderland» (Lewis Carroll, 1865) which entails nature, time and movement.
When I first read about the project «Lost Garden» I became inspired by the idea of a labyrinth.
Labyrinths are an important part of many cultural heritages and mythologies and both, labyrinths and mazes have influenced garden design and structure within western culture at least a thousand years.