Skulpturpark Koster


04.07. – 03.08.2018


What colour information can be extracted from a place? A curiosity about the stories concealed in our surroundings inspired My Slögher and Klara Bothén to survey Koster by vegetable dyeing. Topos Tinctorius is a combination of old Greek “topos” for place, and “tinctorius” from the Latin “tinctura”, meaning dyeing. A Place of Dyed Colour. There are many places, theories, and methods which, for various reasons, have been forgotten. Often it has to do with technical progress, politics, and a striving for rationality. After a time, these stories can be picked up again and viewed in a different light. For two weeks Klara Bothén and My Slögher transformed part of the Sculpture Park into a laboratory for experimental, natural dyeing, where they prepared both cold and fermented dyebaths. The closeness to water, green open spaces, and compost, gave both artists excellent working conditions. Right in the middle of the greenery, Bothén and Slögher built up a base station, where visitors could acquaint themselves with the slow dyeing processes and learn more about the ancient heritage of knowledge.

KLARA BOTHÉN (1987) Bothén’s artistic practice is material based and female orientated. In her Master project “Domicile Mythologies”, she investigates traditionally female handicrafts in relation to one’s home as a place of production. There is also a trace of what is called “subjective topography”, to create a story around a specific place.

MY SLÖGHER (1986) My Slögher employs weaving as a starting point in a critical investigative design process in order to make the inherent structures of consumerism visible. Consumerism which stands in contrast to a time-consuming craft. In her latest work with water-soluble material and painstaking technical workmanship, she explores craft as an opinion creator and its raison d’être in a capitalist economy.