Art

Rise and shine

Image: Installation shot of «Rise and shine i&ii» (2021) from the Group Exhibition “Shed” June 2021. Photo Credit: Charlie Fjätström.

In a text about darkness and light Peter Englund writes about a night trotter that stumbles around in the darkness holding on to a dangling and small lamp, “he is walking around with night and day swinging back and forth over his feet”. If we turn everything around–hocus pocus– that’s an image of our Empress of Light. Dagny Hay is not stumbling, she is holding the line in the Empire where the sun never sets…

She arises on the face of an oversized watch. The mechanical watch, engulfed by a horological beauty, is made of gold and attached to long chains of the same material. Roman numerals circling the dial are shimmering like a river on a sunny day. I, II, III, IIII, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII. The crown is placed at III on the watch.

She sits down on the precious metal and starts counting. In the absence of seconds and minutes there is instead hundreds of thousands of compulsive hours. She looks out over the landscape and realises that the hour between dusk and dawn is far-off. Today looks like an ouroboros eating itself up and now might be the time to set the clock anew.

From a place underneath her the balance wheel generate a loud soaring clank. The hour hand moved, and the long mechanical arm is casting a shadow at our watchmaker, the ruler of the Empire of Light. In her right hand and second hand she is clinging to pistols. Dead certain she is fighting, without rest.


Installation shot of «Rise and shine i&ii» (2021) from the Group Exhibition “Shed” June 2021.
Photo Credit: Charlie Fjätström.


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