Ope torsdag - laurdag kl. 11 - 16. fram til 17. desember.
Plûme er kanskje det noen kaller en 'usynlig venn' - synliggjort.
Men jeg er ikke helt sikker...
Plûme ble nok 'påbegynt' for mange, mange år siden...
Men det er ingen tvil om at et helt spesielt dikt av Jacques Prévert 'forløste' nok Plûme;
'Pour faire le portrait d'un oiseau', introdusert av min godeste fransklærer, var rett og slett en slags 'åpenbaring' for meg; Slik 'møtte' jeg språket (fransk) og min egen (nye) tilværelse her i fransktalende Wallonia på en måte som plutselig ble ganske så 'eventyrlig'(!)
For å forklare:
Jeg hadde to 'tenåringshelter' - Leonardo da Vinci og Magritte - jada...
Da jeg (15 år gammel) bestemte meg for å 'bli maler', var det ganske innlysende at Magritte var min 'maleriske bestefar'...
Mange år senere laget jeg en liten skulptur... jeg husker ingenting om hvorfor eller hva som inspirerte den...men den ble en liten gave til min hjertevenninne, Nina.
Enda flere år senere... møtte jeg en mann, som ble min Store Kjærlighet - og jeg samlet mine røtter..og ble til et 'flyvende tre'...og landet her...hvor jeg er nå; i en stor og vakker hage, midt i Europa; i min 'maleriske bestefars land' - Belgia.
- Mer enn merkelig, da jeg faktisk ikke egentlig hadde peiling på annet enn 'Be-Ne-Lux'... og hva var det?
Men min belgiske mann og jeg giftet oss altså.
Da jeg så besøkte min hjertevenninne Nina (som forresten bor i Rogaland)...med min belgiske mann... pekte hun mot hyllen i hjørnet av stuen og spurte: 'Husker du?'
Og selvfølgelig husket jeg plutselig den lille figuren jeg hadde laget ca 10 år tidligere. - Ligner han, eller...?
For me, this exhibition started soon after my mother died - so suddenly, so unexpected...leaving me in a state of 'WHAT??... what now..?
As a painter, I could only return to my paintings...where could I find her?
How could I express my grief...and yet, also my Hope... to find Solace...
I found my Solace - my Hope - in the painting 'Golden Leaf'... which in this context became 'Golden Leave'...
It was a painting I made during the transition of leaving Norway to go to Belgium...to marry, with her full blessing. A marriage she attended - and which became the last time we saw each other in person.
Tomorrow, 27th of October is her birthday... and as always, she is Unforgettable.
Honestly... I feel a slight little bit 'liminal'...
Ahaa...there it comes again, that fantastic word I found...once upon a time way back doing my Maters (of Fine Arts) in the late 80's... and ever since it has been sort of my constant... friend?/description?/association?... I am not sure - but there it is again!
(Liminal: Not subliminal :) )
Inbetween...on the threshold....between here and there...
I have this year again been organizer and curator of an outdoor exhibition - right here, where I live, where my heart is now; in a big garden where I spend probably just about 80+ % of my waking hours at this time in life... I think I know every centimeter of this area of 1,5 ha (15 mål), every moment of the year; Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter...
We are now in the Autumn part of this year of 2016; and I feel rather good;
We had the very best 'Enchanted Garden' Exhibition experience since we (my husband Ignace and I) started in 2011!
So - what is this 'Enchanted Garden experience'?
It's starting with connecting with artists...and then one or two years later we meet up in the actual exhibition preparations - here, in Art Sanctuary; this garden, a rather beautiful place just on the (invisible) 'border' between Flandern and Wallonia, in Belgium.
After all is prepared, we open the gates - and visitors arrive...
- I hear laughter, warm talk, I see lovers holding hands, embracing, I see children stopping...in awe...wondering, laughing, rejoicing! I see leather motorcycle-guys sitting down on benches to rest...and look...
and old ladies babbling on the bench nearby, and then stopping...listening to the music installation.
I hear the donkey call for attention, and see everyone's faces turn and smile.
I see an aging woman coming back ...again...and again... loving the 'ambience'...looking around and seeing all ages and all languages communicating -
And I think to myself: Yes, it's really an International Exhbition - in all ways!
And so, yes, I am still 'liminal'...
Because I am also a painter.
And yes, I have managed to do a bit of painting along the way!
I also write.
- I even made a book - over the last two years.
Yes, I'm proud of it!
It's very special to me;
It was inspired by my two little nieces' visit in this very same 'Enchanted Garden'
(at the time only 6 and 10 years old - and of course dedicated to them).
And I can honestly say that this exhibition could go on...and on...!
Of course the weather hasn't hurt...never have I experienced a September like this. But, also, never have I experienced reactions from our visitors like this - visitors coming back year after year...now several times during the season, bringing friends and family, again and again..!
And then, all the new visitors!
"The Best Ever Enchanted Garden!" "What fantastic art this year!" "My favorite artist is...."
- and every single artist is on the top of someone's list! - Now, that is something Very Special! - And exactly that makes ME, as organizor and curator VERY happy. Because I am the one who invited all these fantastic artists! What a great experience to work with you all!
'Plûme in The Enchanted Garden' - translated and adapted to French - will be presented at the 'Enchanted Garden' exhibition at Art Sanctuary, Station 14, August 26th - September 25th, 2016.
Thanks to my great teacher and friend, Luc Libon, the adventures of Plûme and friends have now been adapted to French; which is certainly absolutely logical, as Plûme came to be and lives in 'Le Jardin Enchanté', situated in the French speaking part of Belgium :)