Septmeber 3, 2015
August 26, 2015
Very pleased to have been selected by the Danish Arts Council to be part of Crafts Collection 19 taking place in Paris at Maison & Objet Sep. 4. - 8.
b. 1977, Danish visual artist
Martine Myrup graduated from the Glasgow School of Art, Fine Art, Sculpture, in 2002. In 2015 she received the Hetsch Medal of 1879. The previous year, she received project funding from the Danish Arts Foundation for work that led to the exhibition FABRIC/FABRIK, which she presented in a solo exhibition at Officinet in Copenhagen in spring 2015. In 2013 she was awarded a grant from Danmarks Nationalbank’s Anniversary Foundation of 1968. In 2012, she took part in the group exhibition Geography of the Wilderness at Skulpturi in Copenhagen, and in 2010, she took part in the group exhibition Symposium at Glasgow International Open. In 2013 she created wallpaper designs for Fogo Island Inn in Newfoundland, Canada. In 2008 she received a grant for a three-month stay at Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale in Sunnfjord, Norway.
Martine Myrup works mainly in found and donated textile. In recent years she has focused on serial projects, where several objects relate to each other in a ‘family’ relationship. She allows the history of the reclaimed material to play a key role and often includes the sewn-in labels in order to highlight the functional role that the fabric had before it was recast as ‘decoration’ and assigned a more narrative role. Her sculptor’s background makes a 3D approach natural, and she views her use of patterns as a way of ‘textile drawings’. With inspiration from Japanese crafts and the Arte Povera movement, she enjoys transforming discarded, sometimes gaudy or ugly materials, into objects of beauty and simplicity. She favours floral print textiles because of their visual references to traditional Asian ornamentation and porcelain designs, thus hinting at the three-dimensional shape that is reflected in the urns.
Martine Myrup can never get enough of textiles. Preferably surplus industrial textiles or tablecloths and dresses with a history of lived life and bygone parties. Simple and rustic textiles or textiles with patterns and colours verging on the tacky, which she transforms into unique, aesthetic and serial designs.
Photo: Jeppe Gudmundsen
Copyright © 2015 Martine Myrup