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Ditte Ejlerskov, The Muse, Kristiansand Kunsthall

Ditte Ejlerskov: The Muse (installation view), 2018.

Ditte Ejlerskov, Kristiansand Kunsthall

Photo documentation from the solo exhibition The Muse by Ditte Ejlerskov at Kristiansand Kunsthall.

AF Kopenhagen

KRISTIANSAND KUNSTHALL
The Muse
Ditte Ejlerskov
03.02.2018 - 01.04.2018

I was drifting around in Rihanna's world  
looking for something.  
Something undefined.  
A connection to something?  
A myth? A muse?

One day, long after
this dreamy expedition,  
a painting woke up and said:

"Hi, you made me up.  
I am no longer a  
representation of the pop star.  
I am a myth you created  
in your head, Ditte"

Do contemporary humans have a weakened capacity for dreaming? Do we lack the art of searching without looking for concrete answers? These are some of the many questions we find in Ditte Ejlerskovs art practice.

Ejlerskov is a danish contemporary artist whose work revolve around «media literacy». Parts of Ejlerskovs process consist of work and interaction with the Internet. Everything from written correspondence with email-scammers, paparazzi photographs downloaded from Google and contemporary music videos are brought into Ejlerskovs universe.

With simultaneous disdain and fascination, Ejlerskov started to use Rihanna, one of the worlds most photographed celebrities, as a motif in her work. She noticed how the pop-star was often pictured in clothes whose pattern and color reminded her of American painting from the 60s, which Ejlerskov had studied for a period.

A few years ago Ejlerskov was drawn to Barbados, Rihanna’s home country, after an email correspondence with an Internet scammer. The scammer and Ejlerskov exchanged a series of emails, all of which was turned into a book and a film before she again started to focus on the painting.

Ejlerskovs work investigate thematic and perceptual experiences pertaining to her generation, but also with references to post-colonial and post-feminist ideas. A large part of her work deals with contemporary pop-culture, where the purpose is to draw attention to what is happening in the intermediate positions, between the private and public space.

The Muse mainly consist of new works being shown for the first time in Kristiansand Kunsthall. This is Ditte Ejlerskovs first solo-exhibition in Norway. Ejlerskov has newly begun working with a braiding-technique, where the canvases she paints on is cut up into strips before they are braided into each other. The function of the weaving was originally, according to Ejlerskov, to get closer to the textile. But the more she worked with it, the more she became interested in how two canvases could melt together to create a new tactile quality. This way a painting could completely disappear or reappear without the artists direct control.

This exhibition also marks the first time Ejlerskov exhibits an audio-work.

Ejlerskov has previously expressed her interest for Rihanna as a representative for a specific type of feminism. The popstar becomes an opposite to both the left-leaning community-driven feminism, but also the goal-oriented and career driven feminism. Rihanna presents herself as more passive and vulnerable in a lot of her music videos. It becomes a kind of martyr-feminism; in a landscape between oppression and total control.

Ejlerskovs fascination for Rihanna begun as a voluntary drift into the myriad of images that whiz around the globe daily. But as her photos of the pop star are selected from the flood, printed, pinned to her studio wall - reread, repainted and hung in a show, there is not much «Rihanna» left in the artistic equation.

What was Ejlerskov searching for in Rihanna’s world? A connection? A myth? A muse?

Ditte Ejlerskov (b.1982) lives and works in Denmark. She has studied at Aarhus Art school, The Funen Art Academy and Malmö Art Academy. Ejlerskov primarily works with painting, but also uses text, video, installation and graphic print. Ejlerskovs works have been shown in Sweden, at Malmö Konsthall, Malmö Konstmuseum and Uppsala Konstmuseum in addition to several solo-exhibitions in Denmark. She has also had solo- and group-exhibitions in Spain, Germany, Finland, England, Slovenia, France, USA and Norway. She has received a multitude of grants, both from the Danish and Swedish government.

Ditte Ejlerskov, The Muse, Kristiansand Kunsthall

Ditte Ejlerskov: The Muse (installation view), 2018.

Ditte Ejlerskov, The Muse, Kristiansand Kunsthall

Ditte Ejlerskov: The Muse (installation view), 2018.

Ditte Ejlerskov, The Muse, Kristiansand Kunsthall

Ditte Ejlerskov: The Muse (installation view), 2018.

Ditte Ejlerskov, The Muse, Kristiansand Kunsthall

Ditte Ejlerskov: The Muse (installation view), 2018.

Ditte Ejlerskov, The Muse, Kristiansand Kunsthall

Ditte Ejlerskov: The Muse (installation view), 2018.

Ditte Ejlerskov, The Muse, Kristiansand Kunsthall

Ditte Ejlerskov: The Muse (installation view), 2018.

Ditte Ejlerskov, The Muse, Kristiansand Kunsthall

Ditte Ejlerskov: The Muse (installation view), 2018.

Ditte Ejlerskov, The Muse, Kristiansand Kunsthall

Ditte Ejlerskov: The Muse (installation view), 2018.

Ditte Ejlerskov, The Muse, Kristiansand Kunsthall

Ditte Ejlerskov: The Muse (installation view), 2018.

Ditte Ejlerskov, The Muse, Kristiansand Kunsthall

Ditte Ejlerskov: The Muse (installation view), 2018.

Ditte Ejlerskov, The Muse, Kristiansand Kunsthall

Ditte Ejlerskov: The Muse (installation view), 2018.

Ditte Ejlerskov, The Muse, Kristiansand Kunsthall

Ditte Ejlerskov: Hectic Space 2, 2018, 33 x 40 cm, mixed media on canvas.

Ditte Ejlerskov, The Muse, Kristiansand Kunsthall

Ditte Ejlerskov: Black Carpet Weave, 2017, 220 x 200 cm, oil on several canvases weaved together.

Ditte Ejlerskov, The Muse, Kristiansand Kunsthall

Ditte Ejlerskov: Pattern 4 untitled, 2018, 35 x 27 cm, oil on two canvases weaved together.

Ditte Ejlerskov, The Muse, Kristiansand Kunsthall

Ditte Ejlerskov: Facing the Muse, 2017, 33 x 24 cm, oil on canvas.

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