KRISTINA DAUKINTYTĖ AAS and KARINA NØKLEBY PRESTTUN have had a close professional relationship since they met at the Department of Fine Art at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design (KHiB). Kristina graduated with a master’s degree in 2011, and Karina graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2009.
The common ground between these two artists is their interest in textiles. The materials serve as the foundation for an idea, which in turn take new directions and flourish into its individuality and distinctiveness in the process. Both artists employ digital instruments frequently: Kristina through her work with digital jacquard-weaves, characterised by complex woven-in designs, and Karina through her computerized laser-cutter, but in close dialogue with the textiles themselves.
What stories do our clothes carry? Can one single garment say something profound about its owner? That’s what they are exploring in this upcoming exhibition at Gallery Christinegaard (in Bergen, Norway). They have given themselves a task to solve:
A Task for two: Garment exchange
Find a garment that holds a special significance for you. Write a short text about why you chose this. Let this garment be the starting point for an artwork, max. 150×150 cm in size. You’re free to use any expression or technique.
Trade garment with your partner. Do the same with the new piece of clothing you just required.
The Garment exchange can be seen as an extension of their jacquard woven self-portraits from 2017. The three months they had to prepare for the exhibition has been spent sharing ideas and photos of the two chosen garments, and they have produced a series of new textile works in different techniques. Kristina has been exploring an RGB-inspired way of mixing colour in her woven works, and Karina has been working with stencils and spraypaint.
In addition to woven works, Kristina and Karina exhibit video and textile collages.