My art process is fundamentally related to embroidery, and it’s a bit like an examination of stitches in cloth. Embroidering by hand is like drawing or writing with a needle. The freedom, flow and rhythm of it creates a sense of calm. I start with a format, form or frame, and I feel free within these boundaries. The needle and the movement create the flow. Sometimes it follows its own path, but I can reign it in at the next turn. The basis is nature: the relationships and experiences of a long life. I draw from within my own attic of experiences, and I’m constantly in search of a movement where the light, shine, lines, stitches and patterns create a tension in the quietness. I want my works to give viewers an experience of something bigger, something that can grow, a type of infinity. I work in both two and three dimensions. The three-dimensional aspect accentuates the shine and light in the thread’s various qualities. Everything is embroidered on linen. Not until I stretch the embroidery onto a frame or a form do I see whether I’ve achieved the result I was searching for.
Åse Ljones (b. 1954 in Strandebarm, Norway) lives and works in Bergen. She graduated from the National College of Art and Design in Bergen in 1989. Her works are included in the collections of the National Museum in Oslo, KODE Art Museums in Bergen, the National Museum of Decorative Arts in Trondheim, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum in Kristiansand and other regional museums in Norway. Ljones’s works have been exhibited in solo and group exhibition in Norway and abroad, and she has been awarded several scholarships and grants.