As we continued to meet for tasks, I told him I was interested in doing the same in Fjellerup as I do in my chosen home of New York City: make & organize art.He, in turn, told me of a recent town meeting at the local community house and made an introduction to the town kingpin, Bent Sølyst.
From a distance, her drawings seem like abstract patterns, but up close they reveal hundreds of detailed drawings.For her work, Fjellerup Flora, Julia found plants around Fjellerup, knocked on doors and asked if she could pick some, in order to trace and paint for the exterior of building.Through this process, and painting in view of all on the street, Julia came to know many of the locals.Translation of text on wall, from newspaper interview with Klara: I can tell by the sky, whether it will be be storm or quiet, rain or frost. One can drown one's sorrows in work, and find new meaning in life, by working with other people. I placed the last public image of Klara - announcing her retirement in the early 1960's - on top of images of a flounder adapting its exterior to various backgrounds in order to survive.The flounder is the fish, I associate with Fjellerup, and Klara sits on a rock in the image like a rotund Fjellerup version of the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen.
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The town's primary sources of income, pound net fishing and tourism, peaked in the 1950's and 60's and gradual depopulation has resulted in parts of the place showing signs of neglect, beautiful ruins and resilient local stores.The population is homogeneous and predominantly elderly.The answer to my questions of connection, came through locals I had never met. When making changes to the family cottage, I came into contact with a farmer, Ole Willesen, who also owns a machine station, and he took down my father's Ham Radio mast.From 2010 to 2012, as my family of origin continued to shrink, I decided to clean out the garage and sheds of an inherited cottage in Fjellerup - in order to start an artists space of sorts.
My father's death in 2011 introduced me to co-ownership with relatives with whom I have few interests in common, it also resulted in my attempt to figure out, what my relationship is to the country in which I grew up.
The Fjellerup project is a way for me to create a bridge between the depopulated, coastal region where I grew up in Denmark and the place I have chosen to live, NYC, through conceptualizing and organizing artist projects and local/international intersections.
The people I met in Nyack, NY, in 2011 - who organized a community to preserve the house where Edward Hopper grew up - inspired me to bring attention to various Fjellerup sites, including the old "ice houses," where fishing families stored ice collected during the winter in order to keep fish cold in the summertime.
When I told Bent of my ideas, he made an introduction to the local cultural council and organized a meeting with locals to help realize my project and ideas for the following summer.
First task for all: finding hosts for visiting artists and getting local stores to donate goods. I matched each visiting artist with a site and suggestion for work, organized openings and became the middle link to locals in Fjellerup - where I am both an insider and outsider, having not known anyone prior to starting the project.