In experimental and processual procedures I develop my own methods of reworking materials that surround my body into other narratives. Since 2014, I have been developing textile works (tapis concrète), including carpets and wall pieces made of concrete, ash and textiles. Separated and disassembled components, elements and substances are expanded in their properties and combined in hybrid fabrics and structures. In a practice of unlearning, the textile becomes the support for the concrete, which is thereby transformed into fragile and lightweight material. The social construction and binary attribution of gender-based properties – concrete in its association with architecture as a masculine, monolithic practice on the one hand and textiles, carpets, patchworks as a traditionally feminine craft on the other – are interwoven here. Existing orders or hierarchies begin to crumble, unravel, disintegrate.
My way of working gives space to the materials and processes, making use of chance and decay in order to form different narratives and combine them into a whole. At the same time, the fragile character of the resulting works holds the potential to generate experiences out of the fractures and cracks, inviting us to consider things from different perspectives, to deconstruct existing structures and to formulate novel approaches.
The concrete carpets are based on two approaches, starting either from the cast surface, the concrete; or from the woven structure, the textile. Both processes focus on the connection between the different materials, structures and methods. In the first method, I pour the concrete onto different surfaces and materials, such as wood, laminate or fabric, incorporating a textile weave that extends over the edge. I then construct a loom in free form around the poured concrete surface and finally start weaving from the edges of the textile inlay and concrete. The other approach begins with the weaving, followed by pouring the concrete around the woven surfaces in a second step.
tapis concrète n°10 materials: concrete, lashing straps, leather, handwoven linen/ size: 91x173x1cm
tapis concrète n°15 materials: pigmented concrete, handwoven wool, linen, partly printed with pigmented latex, leather / size: 91x173x1cm
tapis conrète AS13
material: different pigmented concrete, linen / size: 211x82x1cm
tapis conrète AS16
material: different pigmented concrete, leather / size: 142x71x1cm
tapis conrète AS14
material: different pigmented concrete, leather, linen / size: 190x91x1cm
tapis concrète n°9 materials: Concrete, handwoven wool, leather and pink insulating foam / size:165x140x1 cm
U-D-B (installation detail) / with Ebba Fransén Waldhoer / materials: cement, earth, ash, linen / size: 185x98x0,3cm
C0905 material: concrete, sienna earth, handwoven wool / size: 140x100x1cm