THE CRANE

 

For the exhibition "Ive got sunshine in my pocket" I painted i.a. "Crane1 and Crane2". The crane is Japan's national bird and a symbol of happiness. It is also one of the oldest described folding figures and is the epitome of Japanese traditional origami. A Japanese legend tells that the one who folds 1000 cranes, gets a wish fulfilled, typically for a long life or to get well. It is also a symbol of vigilance (Lat. Vigilantia). A legend, told by Aristotle, tells that the crane at rest takes a stone in the claw or in the mouth, so that it immediately wakes up if it falls. (See also the publisher Gyldendal's logo, which shows a crane with a stone in its claw).

In early spring, the beautiful, gray birds, with the Latin name "grus grus" fly from their winter stay in the south towards the breeding grounds in the north. It has given name to the expression "jumping crane" in Sweden: When the cranes pull across the sky, it is an old tradition to throw all your clothes and run once around the house naked to mark that now spring and the propagation of everything begins.

Let us all take care of each other and be vigilant in this wild time!

Crane 2 - 2020 acrylic, spray, oilstick on cnavas

Crane 1, 2020, acrylic, oil on canvas

ART IN PUBLIC SPACE

Ørestad Nursing Home, profile center for art and culture invited me autumn of 2019 to do an art project. Based on conversations with the residents, I had to paint 20 paintings for their 7 floor staircase. In addition, I had to facilitate the residents own process of painting their own prints on small canvases.

I knew several of the residents after teaching art at the care center.

LIFE IMPRINTS ON THE STAIRS are supported by the Statens kunstfond, Art in The Public Space and the Municipality of Copenhagen

Dokumentary about the artproject "LIFE IMPRINTS"

© Madelin Wilian 2020

  • Instagram
  • YouTube
  • Facebook