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HOME is where I am ARNA Art & Nature


The two art projects within 'See ­ this is where I live' ARNA Art & Nature

See this is where I live ­ sustainable development and children When climate change and rapid urbanization is imminent,

Avian Kingdom and transformed their impression into art.

working with children is a constructive approach that

Together with an experienced art pedagogue the project

stimulates their creativity and belief in their own ability.

inspired around 300 children to do the same.

The starting point to become involved in our home area's

The creations of both proffessional artists and local

sustainable development is to have feelings for it, to care

children show in what great variety we can experience

for it. To imagine our home area's future we also need

the nature we are surrounded by. After the project they all

fantasy. From the starting point of caring and fantasy

bear with them personal experiences of the nature here

ARNA formed a question to become developed in the

and through the process of creations they also made it to

project 'See ­ this is where I live'.

their own, and to care for.

What can we, who live in The Avian Kingdom, learn from

This is the essence of the project. To care for a

childrens fantasy and contemporary artists creativity to

sustainable development of the area we live in, we need

view our home area with fresh eyes?

to have personal experiences that involves our senses that become embedded in our memories. Jasmine

The project's theme has so aimed to stimulate an

Cederqvist,

biologist,

artist

and

the

projects

art

interaction between international artists and children

pedagogue describes in her text the importance for

through schools in two municipalities, Eslöv and Sjöbo.

children to get these experiences. But as we become adults, we also need to let the children inspire us, to

'See ­ this is where I live' has through its two sub projects,

continue to explore the nature, and to care for it.

'Home is where I am' and 'The spaces between' involved a total of six contemporary artists, based in South Korea,

The project, developed during 2016, also included a

Canada, UK, France and Italy. They stayed in The Avian

program for adults and families with artist talks, open

Kingdom to work in periods of four or eight weeks. During

studios, newsletters and exhibitions.

their stay they explored the nature and history of The

In Swedish ­ listen to one of the children in 4th grade talks about how art can let you see upon a place in nature with new eyes.

Kerstin Jakobsson


The spaces between ARNA Art & Nature

The art project the spaces between What is it we, as humans, choose to see, or see away from, in the landscape that surrounds us? And how can art give new perspectives on what's interesting or important in a landscape? This was the theme for the art project 'The spaces between' developed during the autumn of 2016 in The Avian Kingdom in cooperation with the schools of Sjรถbo municipality. The project involved five different schools in Sjรถbo municipality, with a total of about 155 students, all in 4th grade. Through ARNA's artist in residency program three artists were involved, Tiki Mulvihill from Vancouver,

Planning with the teachers how to best develop the project's theme in the different classes together with art pedgagog Jasmine Cederqvist, seen to the right in the picture.

Cecilia Andrews from Paris and Margherita Marchioni from Rome. They met all the seven classes involved and talked about their work as an artist, inspiring the children to explore and express their neighbourhood with open minds. Together with art pedagogue Jasmine Cederqvist, the children created art both outdoors as land art and indoors in the classrooms with great entusiasm. Even if many of the outdoor creations can't last, we are certain that the process of using the senses to explore and express nature will last. We hope also it become part of how they care for their home areas nature in the future.

Tiki Mulvihill, Cecilia Andrews and Margherita Marchioni

Outdoor studio.

The spaces between was supported by Kultur Skรฅne


The spaces between Artist Cecilia Andrews

New horizons The landscape of SkĂĽne, especially near HarlĂśsa, around

Working in relation to vastness opens my eyes. It gives

the reserve of the Avian Kingdom is sublime in the

me the opportunity to show a recent vision, a parallel

autumn season. Aromas, colors and sounds awake with

dimension and a new poetry. I think about the quote of

multiple contrasts of those red, yellow and green trees.

Gerard Richter: "Art is the way to address what we are

Black trunks darken through humidity. The noises and

closed, the unapproachable. ".

traces of animals, living and being protected there, amaze me immediately.

I am currently faced with a panorama charged by the silent presence of humans. After the completion of my

Going out from my studio, literally widened new horizons!

work, I decide to discretely install the sculptures in the forest so that visitors may discover them when wandering

Watching the immensity of the landscape I am hit by

through. I work here and now with certainty, to preserve

frightening simplicityÍž that we are little human beings in

nature and creation alike the preservation of human

front of the universe. This dimension allows me to admire

beings.

deeply this kingdom and I am fascinated by the sky and its birds. But strangely, this beauty and harmony cruelly

"The Space Between" became for me a mysterious

confronts me about what is happening in the world today.

dimension between artwork and the place which receives

This ambiguous feeling of "tragedy" in front of ancestral

the creation. Cecilia Andrews

landscape, buzzes my ears and constantly perceives the meaning of words, such as: preserved area, protected species, environment, consciousness and of course, "peace ".

Cecilia Andrews is based in Paris, France www.ceciliaandrews.com


The spaces between Artist Cecilia Andrews

Wild grain


The spaces between Artist Margherita Marchioni

VOLERE VOLARE Flying has always had to do with utopia, representing a struggle for humans since old days, a metaphor of freedom, of overcoming limits. Visionary eyes have been trying

to

fly,

sometimes

failing

and

sometimes

succeeding, changing in fact enormously our lives. Flying is related to wings. I have tried to make a combination of things that I am fascinated by in this work for ARNA. There is a first obvious reference to The Avian Kingdom and his multiplicity of birds and there are the symbolic meanings of wings. The direction I have always

I have cut beautiful autumn leaves, aluminum cans and cardboards from a shop in HarlÜsa to become feathers, creating a pair of wings and then I have imposed them to fly with a clear word, VOLA! During all the time spent inside the ARNA house with music and all this material on my working table, cutting patiently and assembling the wings, the panorama and the landscape has been a great silent discreet presence, it has been an invisible guide to my hands‌ Margherita Marchioni

tried to give to my work is also in the change of vision, showing that things are not what they seem, rubbish can be the material for an art piece, isn’t that an utopian

Margherita Marchioni is based in Rome, Italy

vision?

www.materiamorfosi.it


The spaces between Artist Margherita Marchioni


The spaces between Artist Tiki Mulvihill

Sandgren, The space between ARNA in Harlosa intrigues me. The land situates in ‘the

and Swedish relatives.

space between’ ancestral birthplaces of my grandmother

I fortunately accessed to a compelling site on Arnold

Thelma Sandgren. This area, and the fascinating antiquity

Hagström’s property, populated by stunning trees, lands

of Sweden, led my cross­cultural artwork overlapping past

and crops perfectly adjacent to farmland. My incentive: to

and present. Before arrival, I avoided preplanning, as

create a divergent notion about the ‘space between’

unique sites strongly direct art ideas. Upon arrival, I

triggered

researched Swedish history and images for creation of a

contemporary or ancient active people outside the sea,

unique installation derived from discovery and utilization

with atypical heads of wild animals. All components

of a site­specific area. Skane thoroughly inspired

existed between place, time and the North Seas. I named

creation!

the

a

historical

installation

boat

‘Sandgren,

reference,

The

along

Space

with

Between’.

Sandgren refers to ‘sand’ and ‘branch’; elements entirely Looking into the past

implemented from the land’s ingrained natural materials.

One ancient Viking boat, people, and animals upon a

Usage of branches, with quirky direction, shape and

Nordic Bronze Age Petroglyph from Sweden excited me. I

angles curiously delineate the sculptural work I created.

often heard of Viking transportation from Scandinavia all the way to Newfoundland, Canada (my country). As a

In the present

child an old story, ‘The Kon­Tiki Expedition’, had a

Fundamentally as an installation artist, I create work,

Norwegian sail the Pacific Ocean to South America like

which remains open­ended, so spectators can creatively

Vikings, but within a raft. As my name is Tiki, that tale

interpret through their own ethnic and social background

ignited boat obsession in my youth, continuous to

within the landscape… another view through their own

present.

original lens. As a result, ‘Sandgren, The Space Between’, viewpoints a hybrid of Sweden’s deliciously

My Swedish ancestors immigrated upon sailing ships in

unique mix of culture and land within ‘fact overlapping

1889, during a peak period of vast population growth,

fiction’.

which downsized homeland’s farm sites. I reference images of my Swedish ancestors, ironically all outdoors in wilderness. Curiosity of ancestral past, within present, often remains unclear. Our knowledge limits, derived

Tiki Mulvihill Tiki Mulvihill is based in Vancouver, Canada http://tikimulvihill.com

solely from tales and objects of the past, but fortunately our imagination ignites. Looking into the future These varied Swedish­based ideas and images drove my installation. As a result, I twisted the popular boat view and joined other components through divergent ideas based on the transport and space between my Canadian

Tiki with Swedish relatives


The spaces between Artist Tiki Mulvihill


See ­ this i where I live Art pedagogue Jasmine Cederqvist

Giving children a sense of awe for nature through art I am a visual artist with a background as a biologist and

Margherita Marchioni who makes magnificent objects out

with experiences of teaching in elementary schools for 7

of materials that are all around us, usually waste

years. The last 2 years I have focused on conducting

materials, that not many would consider as art materials.

different art projects in schools. The key question for the

The techniques of these three artists could later be found

project 'See – this is where I live' was how can the art

as inspiration in many of the children's work; the

making

their

repeating of a pattern and the use of natural materials

surroundings with new eyes and an open minds? The two

such as leaves of various colors, pine needles as

sub projects within 'See – this is where I live' had

Margherita and Cecilia, as well as dry branches to create

similarities, such as the artist presentation in the classes

3 dimensional objects as Tiki. The workshop continued in

and workshops, but were carried out in different ways. In

the classroom after we had collected loose natural

"Home is where I am" the artist presentations and

materials at the site to be used for new creative work. All

workshops were mainly conducted in one day in the

the students worked with great enthusiasm and fantasy.

school of Harlösa (ages 6­12). The theme was to create a

This enormous creativity accounts for all participating

'post card' showing the idea of what the place, Harlösa is

classes.

process

inspire

children

to

explore

to each of them. I am convinced that encounters, as with the participating The

second

project

"The

spaces

between"

was

artists and with art based nature education, gives lasting

developed during the autumn in the Sjöbo municipality

positive impressions that enrich children on many levels.

and involved five different schools, seven classes, all in

It contributes to a future care of nature and the

4th grade. The project started out with an assignment to

environment and is so a very important complement to

the classes; to choose and visit a natural area, familiar to

natural sciences education. I wish all children would have

the group, in the schools vicinity. There they explored the

the opportunity to experience this.

landscape, took photos and wrote down the reflections about the site. This material was sent to me and from this

These four lines by William Blake captures the essence of

I designed different workshops for the classes.

what this awe based perception and magic of nature and the world around us:

The workshops were conducted both outdoors at the sites and in the classrooms. At the sites the students were

"To see the world in a grain of sand

inspired to work with land art which included to explore

And a heaven in a wildflower

the site with new eyes and to use natural materials for the

To hold infinity in the palm of your hand

art making process. They were encouraged to experiment

And eternity in an hour"

with form, color and texture, both 2­ and 3 dimensional.

Jasmine Cederqvist

This resembled of the technique of one of the participating artists in the project. Tiki Mulvihill who

www.jasminecederqvist.se

presented her 3 dimensional site­specific installations,

Recommended litterature: "Levande spår ­ att upptäcka

Cecilia Andrews who uses a form from nature which she

naturen genom konst och konsten genom natur", Jan­Erik

repeats in different ways in her artwork. And finally

Sørenstuen, ISBN 978­91­44­08418­3


See ­ this is where I live Children creating land art

Children creating land art


The spaces between Children's work inspired by the artists


The spaces between Children's work inspired by the artists


ARNA i Fågelriket www.arna.nu 'See ­ this is where I live' is an ARNA­project, develope with support from Kultur Skåne and in cooperation with Kulturskolan i Eslövs kommun and the office for youth culture in Sjöbo kommun. The project worked during 2016 and contained two sub projects 'Home is where I am' and 'The spaces between'.

The spaces between  

Presentation of the art project The spaces between developed at ARNA's artist in residency 2016.

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