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Norwegian artist, Anne-Karin Furunes uses archival photos of nameless faces to examine their personality and identity. She analyses the faded photographic features and looks for traces of forgotten lives and personalities that have been ignored by the eye of history.
Her works draw on the course of history and of the human being that lives through it. Only in her later paintings does the artist start to depict natural elements.
Furunes observes and memorises the photographs, then she reproduces them on surfaces coated by thousands of perforations. This technique, achieved by using a stamp and a hammer, has an artisan, almost sculptural dimension to it.
It is thanks to the variation of light and weather conditions they are surrounded by that these works keep enriching and enjoying new life.
exhibition catalogue edited by Tornabuoni Arte. Text by Rachele Ferrario. B/w and colored illustrations, 96 pages, 9,4×11,8 in, Italian/English, 2018.
selection of works