Life is like white light. It contains a whole spectrum of colours that are invisible for the seeing eye. Only if broken by a prism, it can reveal them as a rainbow. I see my work as a prism, that break life as a whole into colours to make it graspable.
— Helene Lundbye Petersen
Spaces of lifE
Helene Lundbye Petersens encounter with the blank, white page in 2011 initiated an extensive series of writings that encompass the Spaces of Life. These writings are called ‘calligraphic manuscripts’, which are monochromatically colours note books that Lundbye Petersen writes and draws in a flow from the first to the last page to explore an aspect of existence. So far, Lundbye Petersen has written 13 books divided into two main series; Colour Spectrum of 11 Spaces and Grey Systems on the life of ME and WE.
These calligraphic manuscripts are then printed as books, and unfolded in works that seek to deepen our understanding of them. Whether expressed in oil painting or installation, performance, book interventions or photographs all of her art aims to bring the content of the books beyond the page and into the world of lived experience. Each medium brings focus to a new aspect of the Spaces of Life, be it physically, intellectually, emotionally, or sensory.
This makes the Spaces of Life an ever-expanding, living encyclopaedia of existence to be built upon by both the works of art, and by those who experience them.