Textile Marquetry

Inger Johanne Rasmussen "Forsøk på å konstruere en blomst" (Attempt to construct a flower) 220 x 300 cm
On 5 September2015, Inger Johanne Rasmussen opened a large exhibition in Sven-Harry’s Art Museum in Stockholm.

Inger Johanne Rasmussen is one of Norway’s most prolific and profiled textile artists active today. She has developed a strong visual language and is known for her large-scale textile works loaded with visual information. Using needle, thread, scissors, interfacing and thousands of swatches in every colour of the rainbow, Rasmussen ‘writes’ pictorial stories. Here ornaments, flowers, leaves, geometrical figures and stark contrasts form poetic yet potent tales layered with meaning. Rasmussen’s creative process is very much hands-on: usually she dyes the fabric herself, and every piece is stitched by hand. In her practice, she draws on textile history, art history and elements from decorative arts. Her colourful wall works are strikingly beautiful, and their details fuse into a seemingly natural cosmos. 

«Using needle, thread, scissors, interfacing and thousands of swatches in every colour of the rainbow, Rasmussen ‘writes’ pictorial stories»

Inger Johanne Rasmussen
Inger Johanne Rasmussen "Skogen" (The Forrest) 2012, 216 x 332 cm

Over the past 25 years, Inger Johanne Rasmussen has exhibited her uniquely patterned textile pictures in Japan, Poland, England, Thailand and Germany. She has produced decorative commissions for several Norwegian embassies. On 5 September, her first large exhibition will open at Sven-Harry’s Art Museum in Stockholm, Sweden. Entitled ‘Textilte Marquetry’, the show will present mostly new works, and, according to the museum’s website, the subject matter ranges from ‘purely abstract narratives to poetic floral compositions’. The title, we learn, is what Rasmussen calls the painstaking work process she herself has invented; she has ‘used an ancient textile tradition to produce brilliant pictures with an entirely new imagery’.

«Ornaments, flowers, leaves, geometrical figures and stark contrasts form poetic yet potent tales layered with meaning»

Inger Johanne Rasmussen: Flygende teppe (Flying carpet), 227 x 289 cm

The exhibition Inger Johanne Rasmussen: Textilte Marquetry will be on show at Sven-Harry’s Art Museum in Stockholm from 5 September to 22 November 2015.