Plants, water, silk, wool and stones. Time, light and heat. Color that dissolves and is captured. The choice between the silkworm and the cocoon. Long fibers that have grown through wind and burning sun. The stone that builds and divides. The random journey of water. Growths from contested soil.
Marie Skeie is presenting an installation with plants, water, silk, wool, stone and glass. A slow process takes place in the jars where dye from the plants dissolves in the water aided by time, light and heat. The fibers from wool and silk further absorb the color from the water over time. The plants inside the glass containers come from the West Bank, Palestine and Finnmark, Norway and are sealed with stones from Norway’s border with Russia and Finland and from the coastal shore of Norway.
The title of the work is inspired by a poem Hoopoe taken from the poetry collection 'Unfortunately, it was paradise' by Mahmoud Darwish. A poem dealing with the need to leaving one´s homeland. Skeie relates it to the landscape and our surroundings, what lies ahead of us and what do we leave behind on our journey forward in time?