Sissel Tolaas

Galleri Wang

Sissel Tolaas’ orientation toward the spiritual is not rooted in a particular religion or in mysticism; rather, it is based on the artist’s understanding of nature. Tolaas works with a dialectic interplay of paired opposites from nature, for example, the feminine and masculine, light and dark, cold and heat, life and death. She has dealt with these pairs throughout her oeuvre, and here she elaborated upon them again. Tolaas, who has lived in Berlin since 1986, has been making works on paper and recently on silk, outdoor sculptures, and installations, depending on the given space. They knew that they were naked, 1991, was sited in a former factory as well as in the gallery. This work is concerned much less with material than her previous installations, which used natural or organic substances usually left in their original state and sometimes combined with video images of nature. Her

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