The tension between the pre-set and the changeable is the theme of Eva Steen Christensen’s new solo exhibition, Beginning of the Garden, in Gallery Specta.
In simple cross sections Eva Steen Christensen introduces principles on growth and structures as they occur in nature – in roots, ramifications and in plants. Nature is organic, in motion and constantly changing. At the same time, we meet order, mathematics and pre-set patterns for growth everywhere in nature. In her work Eva Steen Christensen presents both the organic as we feel and sense it (alive) and as we analyse it (as geometrical principles). The works by Eva Steen Christensen can be seen as images of a human ability to think rationally combined with behaviour based on emotions.
It is caracteristic for the work of Eva Steen Christensen that she creates or reveals space – in media, (sowed drawings, collages, objects), in motif or physically (negatives of roots, ramifications etc.). The space we normally don’t feel or experience, like for example the nooks and corners of roots and ramifications, but which are there and present everywhere. Her works has a broad spand in media, e.g. collage, drawing, relief and objects, and she works in everyday materials like mdf, iron bars, thread, laths.
Eva Steen Christensen (b 1969) is educated in London, now lives in Copenhagen. She is represented at a.o. Herning Kunstmuseum, The Danish Arts Agency and The London Institute-Collection. Among her recent exhibitions are 2007: Snowfall, Vejen Kunstmuseum, Vejen, DK. Skulpturi.dk, Copenhagen. Housewarming, Amagerfælledvej, Copenhagen. Rundt på gulvet, Brandts, Odense, DK. Fencing, (solo) Horsens Kunstmuseum, Horsens, DK. 2006: MALM 2, Malmö Konsthal, Sweden. 2005: Nora's Ark, (solo) Specta, Copenhagen. Den Gyldne, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen. Forgængelighed, Alingsås Museum & Rydals Museum, Sweden.