PETRINE LILLEVOLD VINJE (Oslo)

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The sculpture Y-blokka som Y-rune is made out of three parts: a connected wooden structure made of sticks of spruce, combined with a rope of wool (spælsau), nailed to the wall. The wooden structure is leaning into the knot, and tilting slightly into the room.

The sculpture is small in size, and a fragile outcome of thoughts on the national identity of Norway, using the norse language of runes to raise questions on popular movements and beliefs on the collective. Runes is misused today by a number of neo-Nazi groups and has become a symbol for the Norwegian. Runology as science assume a technical and formal reading of the runes as letters, where each character has a specific sound value.

Text: Petrine Lillevold Vinje