Take a walk inside the art
The answer to the question was to take the lines out of the paper by focusing on those lines instead of the picture and the paper, which she only could achieve through cutting the paper. Papercutting as a method is not very unusual, many artists use that expression, but what Sandra is doing is creating a constellation which the observer actually can walk through. By hanging the paper strips in the sealing and on the walls she creates a drawing that you can stand in.
– My wish is that people who visits my exhibitions should share the same feeling I have when I walk through the city, that they should observe the paper lines with my eyes. I see the roads I walk on as lines and I look at my surroundings as a map. You could say that I’m trying to build a three dimensional map, where you build the landscape with your own imagination, says Sandra.
Rock, paper and scalpels
Sandra’s latest project contains a lot of paper work, but in a complete different way than her earlier exhibitions. It was during an everyday papercutting she realized that she could color the paper by painting it with graphite. The paper immediately felt much heavier and looked more like metal than thin paper. Sandra also discovered that if she crumpled the graphite colored paper, the light could hit the art in a more effective way, which enhanced the feel of the paper as a different material – almost as big rocks. So, she continued to fill a five-meter long paper roll with graphite mixed with linseed oil, then she crumpled it.
– When I putted the whole painting on the floor it almost looked like a landscape, like mountaintops. For me, this was a completely new approach, even if I used traditional methods and materials. The deviating process starts only when I crumple the paper, which I do in the exhibition space. And once again the observer is allowed to walk through a landscape, since the artwork fills an entire room, says Sandra.
The exhibition was called “Out of the Depth” and was held in Lichtenstein. It was well received and the visitors biggest surprise was that the art in fact was made out of paper. The crumpled paper looks very heavy and many people therefore wants to touch and feel it, something Sandra think is positive.
– It makes me happy that the observers are drawn to touch my art, since I also like to touch everything and I see myself as an analogue person. People tends to be fascinated by how a drawing can differ, and that they are allowed to walk through the layers and are able to get different focuses depending on how far away or near they stand from it, like a camera. But they are often mostly astonished by the fact that they are in the artwork, they become a part of the exhibition in a way, says Sandra.
When a new project is about to start, Sandra puts on her “glasses of lines” as she calls them. With those eyes she only sees lines, everywhere, in a hole in the ground, GPS-maps, construction scaffolds, pipes, cables and wires. The ideas start to form in her head and then the sketching part begins.
– When my pattern is done I start to cut, and I must give it time. Many people ask me why I don’t use a laser cutter, but my technique is like my handwriting, my touch is in the hand and the scalpel, says Sandra.
Sandra has a lot of experience when it comes to exhibitions, and now she is longing for new adventures. Since she always has loved and gotten inspired and marveled by maps and undiscovered places, she is soon heading toward the Antarctic. Even though the date is not yet decided, she’s hoping that the journey will be arranged within the next couple of years.
– Imagine sailing to places so few people have seen, so many empty spaces and blanc spots to discover. And just to be on a boat during such a long time, I hardly can imagine all the different lines I will see and every map I will read. It hasn’t so much to do with paper, but what an adventure it will be, says Sandra.