INSTALLATIONS AND COMMISSIONS
Abaca Sheets. Walls
Installation at Gentofte Art Library, Denmark, 1986.
9 large walls of perspex and handmade paper, each 250 x 150 cm.
The transparency of the paper is refracted by the light, which gives the space a floating, dream – like character. A new concept of the term “wall” has been achieved.
Installation in the Hothouse, 1988.
Handmade paper has been attached to a double glazing. Each panel has its own cohesive colouring and structure. A hothouse is shaped for weightless connection – a transparent interspace. Nine aquaria symbolize the earth material from which paper is created.
Commission, Skaering Church, Århus/ Egå, Denmark, Architect Johannes Exner, 1996
27 glass doors decorated with handmade paper.
Handmade paper is glued onto 27 glass panels of folding doors, thus producing countless formations and figures, which change their appearance with the changing light. The cross as symbol stands out as luminous watermarks, when caught by the light. The basic compositional element in the ornamentation is the floor plan of the church, which has been transferred as reflections in the glass panels. The philosophical aspects that may be associated with the nature of paper are centred on the life of human beings from birth to life.
Foss Electric, Hillerød
Ni Tid. Handmade Nepalese Daphne paper on windows, 1996.
Measuring apparatuses of the kind used for carrying out tests provided the inspiration for the pure forms, created by 9 glass plates with handmade paper. A microscopic world is enclosed.
Handmade paper attached directly on walls gives the space a soft glow. Can be made in any size.
VARIOUS SELECTED PROJECTS
Various selected installation projects
PAPER HAS A MEMORY, 2022
Throughout her four-decade art practice, Anne Vilsbøll has investigated the qualities and capabilities of paper as a material in both painting and sculpture. She has studied many different papermaking traditions around the world, which in turn suffuse the formal language of her compositions and her thematic considerations.
In Paper Has a Memory, Vilsbøll explores the origins, history, and uses of paper. The material itself is the central locus of meaning, and it is brought into focus through various sculptures and objects that consider our symbiotic relationship with nature.
The group of works entitled Containers of Life and Death, which consists of urns made from seagrass, kozo, and manila hemp, illustrates the transience of human life, while at the same time evoking the all-encompassing system of nature, in which the new is inevitably born from that which once was. As humans, we are bound to each other and to nature, and our choices will always resonate through the ecosystems of which we are a part. The series comprising My Secret Garden investigates paper as a medium and a storyteller. The textured sheets convey narratives embedded within the very fibers and structures of the paper – organic stories about nature, made by nature.
The Paper Academy in Gilleleje, Denmark, serves as Anne Vilsbøll’s studio, where she creates commissioned works and experiments with new practical applications and aesthetic possibilities of bio-based pulp. Additionally, The Paper Academy operates as a space for exhibitions, talks, and art residencies centered around facilitating and inspiring potential new approaches to paper that challenge our accepted conventions.
JUTE AND HANDMADE PAPER
Jute and handmade paper
A fusion of old Indian gunny bags have been treated with handmade pulp to create a strong, tactile surface, used for embroidery, sowing or pulp drawings.
The series Lienzo – from destruction to creation is inspired and developed by the bull, the bullfight and its history. The bull has been worshipped in numerous early religions. Ritual sacrifice of the beasts in one form or another goes back to before the days of written history.
In her art Anne Vilsboell has often drawn on mythological subject matter and included the animal in her art.
Living in Provence since 15 years she is inspired by its taurine traditions. Visits to the Arles Arena awakened her earlier fascination as a young girl attending bullfights in Spain.
A bullfight contains an image of our world. It is about sacrifices and loss, life and death. The painter must rule his nature in order to create, which can be compared to tame the bull.
Her fascination is shared by numerous artists in history: Titian, Goya, Picasso, Francis Bacon, Roy Lichtenstein and many others.
It is believed that the Spanish matador Francisco Romero (1700 – 1763) introduced the red cape (muleta) into bullfighting in around 1726. It is believed that the muleta developed from a white linen or hemp cloth called lienzo used to divert the attention of the bull.
Over centuries a very large number of passes was invented by the matadors, who according to their taste, used either blue or yellow muletas. In 1928 – in Madison Square Garden, NY, the matadors, dictated by the society protective animal societies, used green muleta.
With her series Lienzo Anne Vilsboell has created a colour scale with which one can combine one’s own overlapped hangings according to one’s own taste. The lienzo = muleta has developed from an instrument of protection to an instrument of domination.
SELECTED COMMISIONS/ PAINTINGS INCLUDED
Commission for Viborg Stadion, Denmark
2 paintings: Football Player I and II, each 340 x 160 cm and the painting: Handball Players, 240 x 240 cm. Handmade paper, pigments and binders vacuum pressed on canvas.
Commission Zingg & Partners, Biel, Switzerland, mitsumata, ink and paint, 150 x 150 cm, 2011
Private commission, painting 200 x 370 cm, handmade paper, pigments and binder, vacuum pressed on canvas
Commission for Nykredit, Viborg, Denmark.