Kjøkkenvegg, 1999. Aluminium. Innkjøpt av Vestlandske kunstindustrimuseum.

Aristoteles theory of art divides art into two categories, useful and imitating art. Technical skills which compensate and compliments natures shortcomings in meeting the needs of man, are useful arts. Without the ability to compensate for nature, man would live without architecture, tools, clothes and medicine.
Hanne Tyrmi could not care less about such limiting categorizations. With total disrespect she dances between the antique man´s attempt to limit art, and she turns useful tools into imitating and useless art. This exhibition is about womens´ instruments, those which are used by women as well as on women, on the body and as tools as extensions of the body.

Objects from sphere of kitchen, bedroom and labor ward, populate the exhibition rooms. The woman´s domain. But the items are still, stone like and out of context. The scrubbing cloths are frozen in metallic elegance. The little girls clothes hanging on the drying rope reminds us of childhood´s washing day. Boring, messy Mondays. Worn out mothers who hid their suppressed frustrations and lust for life behind an exterior of nagging authority. Here the tools have been transformed to beautiful war memorials of manual battle against dirt and dust. Now we see their shape and life histories. We see them for what they really are: scrubbing brushes, the cloths and the underwear. We see the surgical esthetics in instruments that compliment nature, the clinical instruments that women must sit in after childbirth has become subject to the plain routine of hygiene.

Cathalgue text by Dr Siri Skjold Lexau


Repitisjon, 1999. Aluminium