Ingeborg Annie Lindahl’s chalk drawing plays with contradictions while examining our modern need to map the world and reality. The drawing is inspired by a satellite photo of Grytøya, an island located just outside Harstad in Northern Norway.
The work mirrors the landscape but is also a physical remnant of the same landscape as chalk is a sedimentary rock. Furthermore, chalk is also a teaching tool. Lindahl’s art reminds us of school and science and thereby questions if our view of the world is a learned response.
Humanity’s perception of time is of special interest to Lindahl. Her chalk drawings are mostly temporary, playing with the contradictions of portraying almost unchangeable mountain landscapes with such an ephemeral medium. At the same time, the perspective of a satellite image was impossible just a few decades ago, while both chalk and the drawing’s golden frame has a long history in human culture.
Subsistence 1 was one of three works from the series Drawn from Nature commissioned for Subsistence – the Festival Exhibition at the Arctic Arts Festival in 2017, curated by Anchorage Museum and Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum. The artist donated the piece to Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum’s collection at the close of the Festival.
Now you do it
As part of the exhibition, we've installed blackboards on one wall, where we want to see your images of North. We're very grateful to anyone who writes or draws their inner our outer landscape.
Ingeborg Annie Lindal (b. 1981, Harstad, Norway) was in the first graduating class of Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art and Creative Writing in 2010. She completed her education with a Master of Fine Arts at Bergen Academy of Art and Design in 2012. Lindahl has been represented at the North Norwegian Art Exhibition twice, winning the Critics' Choice Award for Uforløst in 2018. She’s had exhibitions all over Norway, both alone and in groups, and currently has projects underway in both Alaska, Sweden and Norway.