I am in Iceland again working for one month in a large studio at the edge of a fjord in an isolated town.
Walking every day, breathing deeply, taking in my surroundings, and marveling at the continuously changing sky and water and shore I take photographs and gather seaweed because it is in abundance and I go to the studio.
I shape the seaweed, predominantly kelp, and hang it to dry; make drawings and paintings of it or print it. I am also making paper with it.
I hang these things on the wall behind the table where I work and I look at it, consider it, and watch how it changes, or how I make changes with this material.
The seaweed texture seems to be an imprint of the ripples of the water and be the texture of the clouds. When dried, the once wet material forms into unusual shapes of translucent colors. It is amazing.
“My “private challenge” is simply to take a bath in the North Sea every day. The temperature is about 11 degrees, which is not so shocking. The bath can mean pure joy of life or cost real overcoming. Ten seconds to run into the sea, the camera takes three pictures of it. A game of chance, a few props are added little by little.
As the weeks go by, it becomes more and more important to observe the weather and the changes in the sea. Short shots of the movement of the waves come to the fore.”
Nora Fuchs is a german sculptor and professor for threedimensional art at the University of Applied Sciences and Art in Dortmund. She works often site-specifically. Her themes are territories and borders, systems of order or, for example, the question of what one owns as an Alien Element in one’s household. Her last work was a performative sculpture with flotation toys in public space, Berlin 2020.
My practice is multi-disciplinary, circling around sound, performance, video and painting. I am interested in interwoven realities, dreamscapes, altered mental states and the seeking of the self.
This is my first residency and I am enjoying a lot the small-town feeling and what the scenery has to offer for creating alienating visuals, such as boiling an egg in-front of an old house, wild horses, territorial krías.
I mainly use myself as a subject and also had the chance to collaborate with other wonderful artists as well as locals in photography and video projects involving movement.