John Raustein

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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.

Text by Kjersti Solbakken

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This text was first published in Norwegian in the craft journal Tidsskriftet Kunsthåndverk, vol. 39, no. 151, issue 1 for 2019.

Translation, Arlyne Moi