Smorgasbord (after Per Lysne)
3D animation, 2 minutes and 10 seconds, 2012
Created during a residency at the Lanesboro Art Center, Smorgasbord represents how cultural traditions and values depend on reinvention and rebirth, so that they may survive (and perhaps even flourish) for future generations. While an animation is usually considered the final representation of the work, I also consider this a documentation of my focus on creating the end (bloomed) state, similar to how a rosemaling artist might approach their own craft.
The decorative art of rosemaling represents a Norwegian tradition that has undergone a large transformation in style and practice, largely in part due to 19th century Scandinavian immigration to America. The man known for single-handedly revitalizing the art in America was an immigrant named Per Lysne. Lysne turned to new rosemaling techniques and applications when he was unable to find work while living in Wisconsin, during the Great Depression.