Our visual registers are often already in search of determination, archetypal features and signi fications as ways of establishing conscious perception of our surroundings, but what happens when we experience outside of our celebrated configurations. Things start to morph, twist, mutate, transform and exit from ease and amenity. The scope of this booklike assemblage activates new kinds of correspondences between different collections of imagery. A elastic compromising between textual autobiographical registrations, dangerous beasts, transformations, unstable forms and irresolutions. “Shifting” becomes a timeless element that keeps on challenging our familiarities and stabile perceptions.
Browsing through the pages we encounter various mythological creatures, personas, historical references to film, art and literature and Sian Kristoffersen’s own work, all forming a web of new meanings together.
Sian Kristoffersen’s practice juggles instabilities, metamorphoses, ancient mysticism and contemporary phenomena. Subjectivity is never a stable condition, but wanders, reshaped and opposed to the notions of set identi fications. As if reading is an act of experimentation in open zones between female, animal and mystical formation. Underlying troubling registers and dangerous demons crawl into our areas of familiarity and flirt with the darker sources of power. Our human condition is depicted as unsettled and in a continuous state of trembling. Imagery fades and almost collapses from solid registrations into transient blurriness.
The nonlinear reading of associations that this book formation builds up feed from the multiple rather than withholding a totality. Kristoffersen’s poetic universe of beasts, beauties, wild floras and pleasant soft colours manage to activate something between the comfortable and intensely unstable. Celebrating counter-principles and hybrid forms pushes against notions of unity, straight representation and singular subjectivity. Through these many mechanism Kristoffersen's work liberate our civilized span of associations and take us into the wonders of the unknown.
Iben Elmstrøm / Independent curator / Sixtyeight Art Institute