Archives 1st half of 2013
Exhibition February 2-
Ane Graff has come to SKMU with an ambitious exhibition, one that takes her artistic practice a significant step further. A new direction can be traced in this darker series of works dealing with the theme of radical loss. Her customary themes—structures in nature explored in minute detail, processes of decomposition and the unrelenting disintegration and final disappearance of something through a process of decay—gained a personal dimension in 2012 due to a death in her family.
Your Groundwater is thus a new direction but also a completely logical continuation of her artistic practice to date: as before, it involves a patient process of dissolving content and emptying out meaning. Graff scrutinizes how a material or organism is constructed, then how it undergoes a transition process that results in a state of decay and dissolution. At this point she draws physical humanity into the cycle of such material and adds an emotional dimension.
In keeping with Ballroom Marfa’s mission, New Growth will feature newly commissioned work including a large-
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In the exhibition Your Groundwater, Graff combines the personal pronouns You/Your with a natural material. This she has also done in a smaller series You Are My Marble, recently on show at Vigeland Museum in Oslo. By referring to a material as if it were another (specific) individual, she once again destabilises the distinction between human and non-
Groundwater, for Graff, is a metaphor for slow destruction. When water droplets seep into stone, the moisture can slowly change and destroy the stone’s surface and structure. There is something radically uncontrollable about solid matter that becomes fluid. This state can be threatening, for when the contours of something become fluid, what is there to contain the contents? Without external boundaries, what is it that defines you—Graff’s you—as an individual? What holds you together?
Ane Graff, The Blow (detail), 2012. Oil painting on marble, wood; variable dimentions. Photo: Roderick Hietbrinck. Courtesy Ane Graff and STANDARD.