Norwegian artist Nina Grieg has used eye shadows to create a series of paintings which are now on display at a London exhibition that opened on 1 December.
The Stairwell Gallery is exhibiting Grieg's show of work ‘There’(2003-2005) until 8 January 2006. These mysterious paintings are haunting reincarnations of landscapes glimpsed through web cameras, rendered in eye shadow. The series was initiated whilst Grieg was living in London, having completed her MA at Goldsmiths; there is a palpable sense of longing for her home soil.
The art work are described as 'the distant vista, accessible through pixelated windows at timed intervals 24/7, spins an intoxicating tension between there and here; the icy bleakness of the images adds to this sense of dislocation. Grieg’s process of applying eye shadow layer upon layer, is enacted in a ritualised realm; the gradual approach and shaping of a desired image. The powdery cool of the eye-shadow drifts evoke a certain accumulation of atmosphere, charged in-between space. Grieg is questioning this mirroring dialogue between constructed desire and constructed image; she sees these paintings as a fabricated result of making this in-between state visible.'
The Stairwell opened in April, and is located in the stairwell of a Georgian house in Islington, above The Amwell Book Company, a second hand arts bookshop. The space itself is intimate and curious as it involves a journey suspended outside of hidden doors, changes of perspective, and unusual wall space, which suits Grieg's work aptly.
The show overlaps with the Munch exhibition at the Royal Academy, and there are some echoes of Munch’s oeuvre in Grieg’s work. Remaining is a certain particularly Norwegian sensibility - a way of seeing nature through a deeply personal and emotional filter – which the two artists share, despite the shifts in medium and time.
“THERE” (2003-2005), Nina Grieg,
The Stairwell Gallery, Above Amwell Book Company, 53A Amwell Street, London EC1R 1UR
December 2nd 2005 – January 8th 2006
Opening night preview Thursday 1 December, 6.30 – 9pm
Phone: 07808 773 573
Nina Grieg at the Stairwell Gallery on Thursday 1 December
Photo: Royal Norwegian Embassy