Open­ing at the Vieux Forg­eron (Black­smith) Art Gallery in Stanstead

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Stanstead

Sheep,wool, the North Sea, weav­ing, .....on the rugged West coast of Nor­way, Hunt­ingville res­i­dent Mar­grethe Ulvik - known in the area and abroad for her ex­cep­tional tal­ent as a wa­ter color artist - re­cently re­turned to the coun­try she was born in to spend the Fall of 2014 as artist in res­i­dence for the Depart­ment of Cul­tural De­vel­op­ment for the re­gion.

Hav­ing re­ceived her aca­demic train­ing in the vis­ual arts and ma­jor­ing in ta­pes­try weav­ing at the Teacher’s Col­lege for Arts and Crafts in Oslo, Ulvik be­gan to ex­pe­ri­ence life and the en­vi­ron­ment in this par­tic­u­lar part of the world where sheep and the sea are om­nipresent. In­flu­enced by the sea and the bar­ren land­scape around her and the lo­cals who lived there, her pas­sion for ta­pes­try weav­ing was re­newed.

This sense of place where life is sim­pli­fied and one feels more closely the daily rhythms lived by farm­ers, fish­er­men and the com­mu­nity at large made Ulvik re­flect, “Where am I in it? “Through her weav­ing she “ex­plore[s] a de­sire to cre­ate rhythm or pat­tern,” which one could say are “masked emo­tions”.

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