Spinning Time Machine
by Isabel Berglund

Spinning Time Machine

Time: 24:00:00 — 01:30:17

‘Spinning Time Machine’ is a hand-made hybrid: part industrial machine, part traditional spinning wheel and part time machine, complete with cogwheels reminiscent of a mechanical clockwork. The machine spins visible time in string/yarn. Traditionally a time-consuming process, spinning here takes on a new dimension by producing a bright, visible representation of time. Although the soft, tactile piece does not actually move, it nevertheless generates a sense of motion and progression. Because all the components of the piece, from the string to the interior ‘mechanical’ structure, appear in the same mint-green colour, they appear to have been cut from the same material – perhaps the very fabric of time?

exterior: hand-knit and knotted polyester string – interior: cut EPS foam, CNC-cut wood, acrylic paint

H 70 cm, L 150 cm, W 190 cm

Isabel Berglund
Textile artist, b. 1971

Isabel Berglund creates surprising, imaginative and often monumental works in hand-knit yarn. With this choice of artistic medium she reaches out to her audience in a familiar material that rests on a long-standing tradition. In her artistic process, however, she transforms this traditional material to unusual, and often spectacular, objects to present an image, a symbol and a comment on our perception of reality. She combines elements from knitting with elements from art and industrial design, adding deliberate twists in meaning. Her works always have a sensuous, tactile character that invites people to reach out and interact with the objects. Throughout her artistic practice, her main themes are those of identity and surface with the relationship between body and artwork as a key element. Her main source of inspiration is everyday life, people, words and objects, and she often rephrases and recasts mundane objects by combining them with a play on words or a novel conceptual framework.

Education and practice
1997–2000: Master in Fashion Knitwear from Central Saint Martins College of Fashion and Textile, London
1997: Erasmus student at the Textile Department at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London
1994–1997: Bachelor in Textile at The Danish Design School, Copenhagen (now Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design)

Selected collaborations
2011: Developed two products for droog

Selected grants and honours
2016: Danish Arts Foundation, working grant
2015: Grosserer L.F. Foghts Fond
2015: Danmarks Nationalbank’s Anniversary Foundation of 1968

Selected exhibitions
2017: ‘Collect’, Saatchi Gallery, London
2016: ‘Monument of Stitches’ (solo exhibition), Trapholt Museum of Modern Art, Kolding, Denmark
2015: Installations ‘Floating island of pearls’ and ‘City of stitches’, Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, the Netherlands

Selected collections
Trapholt Museum of Modern Art, Kolding, Denmark


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