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Martine Myrup

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.

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Speckled

The cotton used in the one-off textile urns is first dyed in a Jackson Pollock-like process, then cut up into pieces that are stitched onto cardboard templates. When these cardboard sections are sewn together to make up the urn shape, the urn appears to have been dyed after the pieces were put together. These textile urns explore the transformative impact of recreating a traditional ceramic shape in the unfamiliar material of textile. The dye aims mimics the appearance of ceramic glaze, but the reddish stains also suggest the more mundane story of a stained tablecloth. The urn shape is one that Martine Myrup has explored for years, originally inspired by a desire to recreate light and portable versions of heirlooms that she was unable to take with her across the Atlantic to Canada, where she lived at the time. Later, the elegant urn shape and the pliable textiles have come together in a wide variety of expressions, including a series of more Japanese-inspired urns.

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img o-mm-01/Speckled Blue #01
H: 35 cm, W: 30cm
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img o-mm-02/Speckled Blue #02
H: 23 cm, W: 23 cm
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img o-mm-03/Speckled Red #01
H: 35 cm, W: 30cm
One-offs in shades of red
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img o-mm-04/Speckled Red #02
H: 23 cm, W: 23 cm
One-offs in shades of red
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