Reisedagbok for et stillestående liv
Studio 17, Stavanger
Poetry and postcardcollages
Do you remember postcards? We used to spend time picking the very right ones for the receiver, scribble a decent description about the place where we spent our vacation, struggle to buy postmarks and the "airmail"-sticker, and trying to find a mailbox. And after some weeks our friend got it in the mailbox. Or the thrill of suddenly finding a postcard in my own mailbox in between the bills (yes, they were actually sent in the mail before). It could have the photo of a famous landmark, a nature view, or a beachfront hotel, where the sender had marked her hotel room.
Some even send postcards today, as a curiosity, and it an even greater thrill to get it now. It is a way of saying "Look where I have been!", or "Now I have been here too!". It is a statement, a proof, something that beats the Facebook "check-in" option.
For those who are not able to travel, postcards from exotic spots may be either exiting or annoying. Lisa Him-Jensen has used these postcards to create her own stories and her own travels - in her mind. In minute collages and weird combinations she has created new destinations that nobody have seen before her. And then she has topped it with poems concerning travel, and life in general, intermingled with the postcard motives.
This is an exhibition with items small in scale but large in concept. I am thankful for being reminded of the time of postcards, and I am thankful for having seen the exotic spots where her mind has been.