In her second solo exhibition at the gallery, Ellisif Hals moves away from meticulous architectural imagery and turns her focus to nature, informed by memories of her childhood environments in Norway. This new series enmeshes the romanticized imagery of the snowflakes, forests, islands and mountains of her childhood memories with her experiences of the landscapes today. The confrontation of her present day impressions against her fractured memories of the past forms a visual and tactile exploration of memory, idealism and nostalgia.
Hals’s technique enables her to reproduce the feeling of time travel. Moments are visualized as layers, and then added on top of each other, resulting in images that merge history and memory.
The images are carefully etched and cut out from paper, highlighting the unique elements and forms of each layer. Each collage follows its own elaborate logic. Variations and repetitions dart through shifts in color and perspective. A three-dimensional depth begins to form through the layering of two-dimensional images and the works hold both the vastness of the landscape and an emotional intimacy.
Ellisif Hals (1981), born in Norway but lives and works in Malmö, Sweden. In 2006, Hals received a BFA from Konstfag at Oslo National Academy of Art, Norway. Previously, she has shown her work at Bonnier Konsthall, Stockholm; ANNAELLEGALLERY, Stockholm; Ystad Konstmuseum, Ystad; Galleri Ping -Pong, Malmö; Galleri Thomas Wallner, Simrishamn; Galleri Arnstedt, Östra Karup; Neues Kunsthaus, Ahrenshoop among others. In 2014, she received a grant from the Maria Bonnier Dahlin Foundation, and presented a body of work at the Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm in association with the grant.