Eline McGeroge lives and works in Oslo and London. Grounded in drawing and animation, I have spent two decades making work around ideas of alienation and alternative realities. The themes in question are brought forward in drawing, animation, video montage, collage, sculpture, weaving, printmaking, texts and artist-books, most often put together in installation. My visual technics range between crafty and digital, low-tech and high-tech, abstract as well as directly referential and documentary methods.
Their latest exhibition is the current solo show 'On Joined Flight Lines’ at Hollybush Gardens, London,UK, which brings together woven and sculptural works from 2015 with new fabric pieces and a series of pencil drawings.
What Elin want to do in the residency period, is to re-write a text they wrote for an artist-book in 2009 into the setting of landscapes, animals, peoples, cultures and histories of Røst, the Røst Air-residency setting and the surroundings.
The text is a sort of sci-fi story with multiple interchangeable characters, one of them who escapes the political and cultural constraints of a bordered, hyper-capitalist ‘zone’, ventures through a landscape relying on her improvised navigation technology and facing the limitations of her own ‘mental’ programming. The precarious situation seems to turn towards companionship, resistance and healing as she joins forces with other characters politically and technologically intersecting the ‘zone’ they are resisting.
In general, development of characters, their traits and identities are part of Eline McGeroge´s research strategies, visual exploration and work narratives. The characters and their traits are montages of real historic and contemporary people, mixed with traits borrowed from fiction/mythic characters and theoretic concepts relevant to the research and topics of my projects. These hybrid characters are shape-shifters, not to make up an argument, but as forms and concepts to think with, - about interlinked paradoxes, ambiguities, contradicting forces and energies that run minds and worlds and might never be one or the other, good/bad, human/animal, male/female, opponent/ally, healing/destructive, guardian/enemy.
Their current works deal with the slow and ultimate alienation resulting from the loss of habitat and a livable place in the world, -what this kind of process does to bodies and minds and a search for how to heal, regenerate, reverse or resist deterioration ….
In the Røst residency, Eline is interested in collecting local memories of changes to multi-species interaction, interdependency, communication, companion spirits – memories of worlds and forms of life.
This research will be accounted for in the re-writing of the text mentioned as a shared and interactive process with the other participants in the residency. It might also be material for other works, with respect to the sources and in agreement with people that might have shared of their knowledge/materials.