Troublesome Nature // Monsters

Monsters

Here in Room 3 you find a series of paintings that were made during self-quarantine in a small house by the countryside in Denmark. A time of isolation and frequent trips to fields and forests.

Not long after these paintings were done and still while in quarantine, I wrote the short story Djævleyngel (Devil's Spawn), which I will show some translated sections from among the paintings.

 

 

   

PAINTING
WRITING

Creature and Cats

Gouache on paper, 2020

 

 

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Monsters - what do they want?

 

They want trouble.

 

They are the troublemakers. They are chaos. They are unshaven. Unkempt. Curious. And they are just there, unmovable. They are out of our control. Their nature is trouble and they only answer to nature.

We want to see them.

In Nordic Mythology the Gods have great trouble with the troll-like creatures known as Jætter (Jotuns). They are older than the Gods and seem to be a force of nature. In the Nordic creation myth the world is  shaped from the flesh, blood and bones of a killed Jætte. In a way, the world belongs to them as agents of nature, but they are not very friendly, and so they engage in an never ending fight with the Gods. 

Now it seems the monsters lost the battle. What if the Jotuns had won?

 

Jotuns share a lot of similarities with the demons we know from later Christian demonology. However, the Christian demons live in hell and don't share the same connection to nature. Or do they? 

 

In this series of work named 'Monsters' I've created paintings of monsters and other paintings inspired by isolation in close proximity to nature. They are done on paper, which is sometimes pieced together by smaller pieces, painted with Gouache and water color.

 

I'll will also show translated sections of a short story I wrote where 'monsters' and their troublesome nature play a significant role.    

 

INSTALLATION VIEW

Creature and Cats
Gouache on paper, 2020
Photo help by Nanna Cecilie Egede Andersen

INSTALLATION VIEW

Guests
Gouache on paper, 2020
Photo help by Nanna Cecilie Egede Andersen

Guests
Gouache on paper, 2020
 

Extract from short novel Djævleyngel, page 7

The text is shown digitally on a book I've bind and sewn myself
 

Extract from short novel Djævleyngel, page 8
 

We Are Happy Now
Gouache on paper, 2020
 

Salty Devils
Gouache on paper, 2020
 

Extract from short novel Djævleyngel, page 10
 

We Meet Again
Gouache on paper, 2020
 

 © 2023 by Amanda Schwarzfeldt

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