John Raustein


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Craft journal, vol. 39, no. 151, issue 1 for 2019.

Text by Kjersti Solbakken

Upholstered Care in Monochrome Metres of Cloth

Something happens to the room every time John Raustein occupies it. He upholsters the architecture, drapes all the walls and reduces acoustic vibration. The surroundings are calmed down to the point where you might feel smothered. Textile pictures and forms gradually emerge. It feels like a clammy hug, like exhaling a bit too late, or that picture on your retina you can’t get rid of. In his extensive exhibition trilogies, he sews, stitch by stitch, through a world which language fails to describe.


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Translation, Arlyne Moi