Ann-Margreth’s Blog

Rolling along

Rolling along

The carvings are coming together and I am much clearer in myself what I am aiming for. It was good to have a break and dive into drawing and model making. I am carving sure of something without being fixed. This is a good place to be in and I can carve all day long,...

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Drawing with ink and thread

Drawing with ink and thread

The studio at SVA is open again and I have been working on some drawings and paper models in my space down there. I got stuck with my stone carving for a few weeks and I thought it might be good to come at it from a different angle all together. These drawings are a...

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Finding the ‘right’ form

Finding the ‘right’ form

The recent carving (first photo) had elements of relating to a curled up human form/baby that although organic and showing a formative development it is not what I want for my current carvings. I am after a vessel that 'holds' internal sound, I want the forms to be...

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Sonic wonderland

Sonic wonderland

After carving a few lime stone spheres I am thinking about what determines their forms and to be honest I am quite confused. On the one hand I am trying to follow my instinct rather than research the physics of sound on the other hand I have a very limited...

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Moon-jars

Moon-jars

  I want to share with you an experience I had last winter, it was just before Christmas, I walked through London, I had a bad day and it was raining. I was lost, wet and tried to make my way to the British Museum to look at the Korean ceramics. I was not allowed...

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Lockdown Sounds

Lockdown Sounds

  In these strangest of times…we have been in lockdown since several weeks.  Time takes on a whole other dimension, becomes timeless as the human made structures that normally are pinned to it have fallen by the wayside. I rarely steer my actions by a clock now,...

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Carving Sound

Carving Sound

I have been carving stone for more than 25 years, free and aimless to wanting to work like a mason, familiarising myself with quarries and their history, letter carving.

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Lüsenen… on reflection…

Lüsenen… on reflection…

Some thoughts on 'Lüsenen'... Queues of people outside the big red door of the crypt. Limiting the numbers of people at any given time down there as it is quite unbelievable how much the amount of visitors and their way of experiencing a work like this influences the...

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A little reflection

A little reflection

Some time has passed since my last post….a good moment for me to gather up thoughts that have come up whilst drawing to sound. What is the difference between a sound/ sounds and a song? I am thinking about rock and how solid, ancient and heavy it is. …dense matter of...

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Lüsenen… sound installation, Gloucester Cathedral

Lüsenen… sound installation, Gloucester Cathedral

Over the last few weeks I have visited the crypt...each time noticing more qualities in the different spaces.Simon and I have been listening to a few recordings, randomly selected.Elle singing into the font in the second chamber (amazing reverb!)...a recording of my...

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Questions…?

Questions…?

  Some time has passed since my last post….a good moment for me to gather up thoughts that have come up whilst drawing to sound. What is the difference between a sound/ sounds and a song? How do I manage to not run before walking and how do I manage to find...

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Birdsong

Birdsong

Birdsong…will it form part of the sound-installation? Or is it perhaps a different project all together? Not sure what it is about birds, did I ever really listened to them? I was always sure of them being there and all of a sudden I feel alarmed that perhaps one day...

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‘Borderland’

‘Borderland’

A few months ago Simon send some of his new compositions out on social media long before the album release. I am a big fan of his music and listened to some of these brand-new pieces of beautiful ambient, spacious, calm yet alerting music and felt moved to draw whilst...

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Natural Sound…

Natural Sound…

I spend the last few days in Pembrokeshire, right by the sea, listening to purely natural sound, perhaps the odd tractor of a nearby farm. Natural sounds that I became aware of were the wind, birdsong, waves, water ‘licking’ rocks in the sea as water spiralled in a...

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Moving between two materials…Light…Sound…

Moving between two materials…Light…Sound…

Over the last few months I found myself quietly drawing away in the early morning hours. At times in total silence with my focus on the light falling on a black sheet of paper. Initially I drew with the big lights in the studio switched on as this was...

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Ciao Pietrasanta

Ciao Pietrasanta

Ciao Pietrasanta Quickly, I am putting all my things together this morning, I could not bare thinking about leaving last night…the train leaves Pietrasanta at 8am. I just about manage to fill the last bits of space in my bag with freshly baked pizza for my family....

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Pietrasanta day 7

Pietrasanta day 7

Pietrasanta day 7 So, this is really my last day working here for now. By now I am certain I want to come back one way or another to work here, life here for some time. Going to the workshop has become a routine, I am glad I was able to focus in on some work and that...

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Pietrasanta day 6

Pietrasanta day 6

Pietrasanta day 6 Today is a blur, I am not sleeping well, nothing to do with last nights cocktail! Mosquitos seem to like me for their midnight feast, my legs are swollen for evidence. It does not stop me in my track to push on with the carving, I am sure several...

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Pietrasanta day 5

Pietrasanta day 5

Pietrasanta day 5 Starting with a walk up the hill to the walls of the ‘fort’, from here the view is stunning, I am waiting for the sun to ‘lick’ the horizon in a secret and yet noticeable way when looking away for some minutes..I am fascinated by this..when do we...

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Pietrasanta day 4

Pietrasanta day 4

10th September, Pietrasanta I am staying in Pietrasanta, life here starts to feel a bit more familiar, the owners of the ‘Caffe al Teatro’ know which coffee I want, the woman in the bakery recognises me, and the smell of freshly baked bread at 4.30am woke me up before...

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Pietrasanta day 3

Pietrasanta day 3

9th September, Seravezza Today I took myself on a bike to Seravezza, a town not far from Pietrasanta towards the Apuan Alps. I am looking up at these mountains and think what efforts Michaelangelo must have undergone to shift marble, it is sheer unbelievable!! Being a...

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Pietrasanta day 2

Pietrasanta day 2

8th September, Pietrasanta On Saturday I made sense of my visit when I met Christian Lange sculptor and artisan on the same site as the Stagetti Marble Studio. studiostagetti.com Christian and I made contact before my arrival and figured that we grew up some villages...

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Pietrasanta day 1

Pietrasanta day 1

Why did I come here? I guess to experience some history of stone carving and this can certainly be seen round every corner..courtyards open up to marble carving workshops, every little street has several ‘galerias’ selling accessible work..a living is made.

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