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Ph.d.-prosjekt: Circumstantial Sculpture (2016-2020)
The project Circumstantial Sculpture aims to address the question: how can ideas expressed through sculptures and their circumstances challenge a dualistic worldview and promote a perspective that focuses on connections and relationships? The use of ceramics as a point of departure invites a wide-ranging discussion of the question, due to the medium’s use of both man-made and natural materials and processes. The project will look at how ceramic objects can embody the referential material and form a synthesis with the chosen topics.
According to my concept of circumstantial sculpture, the use of ceramic materials and techniques has the potential to create synthesis with large contexts and thereby challenge common conceptions of the topics. Some of the contexts that I deal with are: ecology, nature, perception and systems/networks. The materiality of colour and clay’s ability to bond with other materials are two aspects of the medium which are central in my work. In my work with titanium dioxide in the project White to Earth, I experiment with the effect of the material in ceramic sculpture and connect it both to the way it performs as an agent in the commercial world and its negative effect on our environment. The documentation from my research on the material, and the experiences I have gained during my work in the ceramic labs, are folded together in the process to expose potential connections between them. Such intermediate connections are also activated in the project A Square on a Sphere, which is concerned with our perception of space and physical dimensions and makes use of the technique of steel-reinforced ceramics.
The artistic research work Circumstantial Sculpture is a multifaceted and experimental investigation of sculpture in general and, more specifically, of ceramic objects and materials. At its core lies the idea that art can be a powerful means for making connections between materials and phenomena, through its ability to speak of that which is in between. The project moves outside established traditions and formats in an attempt to highlight hidden points of connection.

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  • Disputas: Marte Johnslien - Circumstantial Sculpture 

    Johnslien, Marte (Video, 2020)
    Det kunstneriske utviklingsarbeidet Circumstantial Sculpture er en mangefasettert og eksperimentell undersøkelse av skulptur, med et spesielt fokus på keramiske objekter. Arbeidet baserer seg på en overbevisning om at kunst ...
  • Circumstantial Sculpture. REFLECTION 

    Johnslien, Marte (Doctoral thesis, 2019)
    The artistic research project started in October 2016, with the working title Sensitivity as Strategy. In August 2019, it aquired its final title: Circumstantial Sculpture. As a research fellow in Artistic Research in the ...
  • White to Earth 

    Johnslien, Marte (Book, 2020)
    The publication is produced in conjunction with the exhibition Hvitt til jord, ROM, Oslo, 21 January–23 February, 2020.The exhibition Hvitt til jord is the final presentation of Johnsliens artistic doctoral work, the project ...
  • Hvitt til jord 

    Johnslien, Marte (Artistic production, 2020)
    Utstillingen Hvitt til jord på ROM viser Marte Johnsliens avsluttende doktorgradsarbeider ved Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo, avdeling Kunst og håndverk. Johnsliens kunstneriske utviklingsarbeid, Circumstantial Sculpture, er en ...
  • A Square on a Sphere 

    Johnslien, Marte; Skeide, Cecilie; Halland, Ingrid (Artistic production; Book, 2018)
    Bok utgitt til utstillingen med samme navn i Lillehammer kunstmuseum 20. oktober 2018 - 24. februar 2019. Arbeidene inngår i kunstnerens ph.d.-grad i kunstnerisk utviklingsarbeid ved Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo. I denne boken ...