Ancient perceptions and modern affections in the works of Elisabeth Haug
A cura di Elena Gradini "The first meeting" - solo exhibition at Galleria Il Collezionista, Rome, 2018
A sudden and cutting gash seems to cleave the canvases of the artist Kari Elisabeth Haug with the same violent creative passion from which the gesture generates the visual substance, which is the plant itself. Suddenly, without soft transitions, the spectator perceives on himself a whole series of relationships with the other, necessarily identifying himself with the gesture fixed on the matter support. The artist is inspired to the double encounter with her homeland - the great North - and with the city of Rome, already investigated through the novels of the Norwegian writer Sigrid Undset. Something strikes the hand and the mind of the artist, who reading and taking over the literary plot of the Undset, shows on the canvas the novelistic topic of the “Incontro”. The first meeting is in fact the dense report of the many different feelings of who i for the first time is find to cross the Eternal City, with all its incomparable beauties. A homage to Rome therefore, but also a homage to the meeting like event. The alogical meeting, the expected, the canceled or the feared. The complex of physical and emotional relationships that to it are tied in an indispensable way; the consequences that can be alleged. These are all thematics that emerge strongly in the works of the artist Haug that thanks to the clear and decisive gesture manages to express with the color an infinite emotional universe that binds or divides people, depending of the type of connections established. Few, in truth, are the traits that allow to the eye of the observer to capture events and details. Like to think that to the artist is dear to express the universe of the affections through a clean and essential feature that does not need additions or superabundances. It is a sure, fast, quick gesture, at least as much as that of who it meets, who quickly comes into contact with the other to reapply, however, in the fastest way possible, of their own space and their lived intimate experience. An encounter of lines, of graphic features, goes to impresses the canvas, obtaining exactly what the artist expected; the foregrounding of an affective situation that, as such, expresses itself through a few quick gestures before dissolving into the transparency that necessarily the emotional situations require.
English version by Gallery “Il Collezionista”
Artreview by the Italian art critic Dott. Salvatore Russo, July 2015
According the Award «Premio della Critica 2015»
An artist who manipulates the sign. This is Kari Elisabeth Haug. An artist able to paint the silence of the world. The reality that she choses to represent, is a reality that Kari has in mind and heart. An extraordinary reality, made of beautiful colors and a high signic synthesis. Its lines run through a new milky way and lead the observer into the beautiful paradise.
Artreview by the Italian art critic Dott. Salvatore Russo, March 2015
Kari Elisabeth Haug
"A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind", I want to start from this quote from Eugene Ionesco, to explain the art of Kari Elisabeth Haug. An art that for years, is fighting against figural prejudice; an art that, through his informal writing, reveals to us the most intimate confessions, that the artist chooses to share with us. Scratches of the soul. Dilemmas of the psyche. Hamletic doubts and chromatic dances. These are the main characteristics of a painting that has in Kari Elisabeth Haug its maximum interpreter. An abstract painting that weaves its sign frames elaborations on canvas. A painting that explores the dark places of the human mind and casts the riddles. In Haug we find a linguistic power capable of binding the meaning and the signifier subtended of things. Narratives, which have the same evocative power of the divine laws. Sign and chromatic narratives able to seduce the mind of the observer, bringing him as well, to make that intangible trip, that sees the soul becoming detached from the body and exploring new worlds. Worlds in which the Art is the absolute Queen. An art that of Kari Elisabeth Haug made mainly of an essential signic, but which brings with it very complex meanings. In this art can be seen throughout the creative power of the painter action paintings. A painting that lets itself be guided by the genius of the instinct. A painting whose strength is represented by the strong gestures. As the biggest informal artists, Kari, expresses the great power of its sentiments. A painting that encloses screamed emotions, and dramas whose philosophy is to search for in the mind of the artist. A mind that explores the infinite, and then reporting the extreme synthesis. A fundamental role in the artist's works, is occupied by colors. The colors, in the narrated of Haug, always has positive implications. No pragmatism or cosmic pessimism. A light that obscures the darkness and shines more beautiful than ever. The painting of Haug, is a painting of hope. Testimony to this, are the titles that the artist chooses for her works. Works such as "Keep on telling", "Hope", "Existence", are the invitation to continue to believe in life. The painting of Kari Elisabeth Haug, is, therefore, the painting of the hope. A painting that tells us that, beyond the horizon, there is a new light, that will lead us to eternal salvation.