Linn Pedersen’s artistic practice includes photography, collage and sculpture as well as video and film. Her photographs, in which she combines documentary aspects with poetic elements, show various motifs and material remains of our consumer society, landscapes, architecture, and human figures that turn demonstratively away from the camera.
In her exhibition Floor Arrangements Pedersen combines 15 black and white and colour photographs with sculptures and attempts to create a kind of “sculptural” photography, in which different motifs and materials interrelate. The title is a reference to Bruce Nauman’s work Flour Arrangements (1967), a photographic series for which Nauman created different compositions using flour on his studio floor every day for a month, subsequently taking photos of the arrangements. Reflecting this approach, Pedersen arranged clusters consisting primarily of dried clay, which she sprayed with lively, bright paints, re-arranged them continually over the course of the last six months, and photographing them in detail. Her microscopic perspective opens up new worlds reminiscent of brightly-coloured moon landscapes or flower arrangements. The artist contrasts these abstract clusters with concrete, “figurative” works such as her black and white photographs of stone figures, containers, abandoned vehicles or other objects and constructions found in nature.
Linn Pedersen, born in Norway in 1982, lives and works in Berlin and Oslo. Exhibitions incl. Galleri Volt, Bergen, MELK, Oslo, SKMU, Kristiansand, Galleri Maria Veie, Oslo, CRISP, London.