web site: http://www.turidgyllenhammar.com
From the very first days that Turid began working at Studio Sem in 2012 she was hands on; cutting, grinding and chiseling her stones in the true spirit of a Norwegian. Her first projects were interpretations of the forms of ancient Viking axes. She was inspired by the simplicity of the ancient forms and investigated an array of marble, that inspired her to depart from the white Carrara marble and make use of light blue marble from Argentina and a strange fossil ridden black marble.
The first I saw of Turid’s ‘Dresses’ was a photo of 3 little dresses she had made from Dacron sailcloth that were rigid enough to stand up on their own. I became excited at the idea that the dresses could be translated into all kinds of marble and onyx.
In the 1980’s I was working with marble inlay and so learned the properties of hundreds of stones. Moving forward over the years, I learned about all the stones best suited to sculpture. For most other genre of sculpture, the fantastically colored and wildly veined onyx would dominate the work and were therefore rejected by most sculptors, but for Turid’s ‘Dresses’ these stones are uniquely suited to the content. We excitedly searched marble yards together, looking for unique blocks to make the ‘Dresses’. What began as an experiment transformed into a fantastic vision of a small ‘army’ of little dresses with stones from Italy, Pakistan, India, Turkey, Morocco, Angola, France, Spain, Portugal, Iran, China and Mexico to name some. The possibilities were endless and with every new stone, Turid designed a dress suited to each.
Through all her excitement for the ‘Dresses’, she never abandoned the ancient artifacts of the Vikings and recently returned with new forms inspired by Viking flint tools. Out of context the forms appeared very abstract and mysterious. The studio artisans collaborated together with Turid to enlarge her new models for an outdoor scale with great success.
Studio Sem’s artisans and I enjoy a true collaboration with Turid; lending her technical guidance, our knowledge, resources and expanding our own experience with new stones that we are working for the first time, like the blue stone from Angola and green onyx from China.
I am very proud of Turid’s creativity, her ability to adapt to a new stone by creating to suit the properties of each and her fearlessness to follow her vision.
Director Studio Sem Scultori Associati Srl