The Dance of the Deaf and Dumb Eye
by Nikoline Liv Andersen

Clothing sculptures with references to the three wise monkeys.


The Dance of the Deaf and Dumb Eye.
With inspiration from the classic Japanese monkeys, which have been interpreted in the West as a naive attempt to shut out the outside world by refusing to see, hear or speak, these clothing sculptures contain visual references to the French court under Louis XVI, during whose reign excessive abundance and poor communication between nobility and citizenry led to the French Revolution. With this in mind, the monkey trinity is drawn into a contemporary rococo, where globalization is skewed by imbalanced capitalism, dangerous balances of power and a stubborn struggle between religion and freedom of speech. The monkeys become narrative symbols of today’s blind consumers and the historical Marie Antoinette.

Nikoline Liv Andersen B. 1979, fashion designer
Nikoline Liv Andersen works in the border zone between art, craft and design with an emphasis on quality craftsmanship. She expresses herself artistically in experimental and uncompromising fashion design, creating magical universes with one-off pieces that represent many hours of work, often in unconventional materials. Nikoline Liv Andersen seeks to challenge not only our view of design and clothing but our perception of the world around us in works that addresses ethical aspects of political and social issues.

CV
2007-present: Own design firm
2006-present: Freelance designer at Saga Furs
2006: Fashion designer from The Danish Design School (now The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design)
2003: Traineeship with Galliano, Dior

Selected exhibitions
2014: “Only Angels have Wings”, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Danish Design Centre, Horsens Art Museum
2011-2013: “The Dance of the Deaf and Dumb Eye”, The Biennale for Craft and Design, 2013; Designmuseum Danmark, 2012; Horsens Art Museum 2011-2012
2011-2012: “Slowly Seeping through my Hands”, Horsens Art Museum

Selected grants and honours
2013: Danish Arts Foundation
2013: Danmarks Nationalbank’s Anniversary Foundation of 1968
2012: Danish Arts Foundation, award for “The Dance of the Deaf and Dumb Eye”

Collections
Horsens Art Museum
Designmuseum Danmark

Website
www.nikolinelivandersen.dk

The Dance of the Deaf and Dumb Eye - by Nikoline Liv Andersen
Photo credit: 2017 © MINDCRAFT

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