Building a Path Within this Frame
Solo exhibition at the artist run exhibition space OK Corral, Frederiksberg, DK.
Building a Path Within This Frame consists of paintings that examine universal imagery and the collective unconscious through a number of archetypal figures: the beautiful young woman, the villain, the horse, the witch and death. With these characters, a series of clichéd symbols appear: moons, stars, butterflies and roses mixed with modern elements such as umbrellas and stilettos. The figures and symbols explicitly refer to fairy tales and verbal lores, in which archetypal roles are at play, and topics such as identity, existentialism, spirituality and death are explored. The works are presented in ornamented frames, which are based on the symbolic elements that are present in the paintings. The paintings can, with their references to classic fairytales and pop-cultural superhero stories, be read as an amalgam of the past, present and future. The characters represent different moods and characteristics, together constituting a directory of possible composite narratives. They take on the properties of complex emojis or extended pictograms. By sampling icons and symbols, Thorhauge seeks to negotiate the universal, and create a space for new meanings.