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RITA MARHAUG (Artist Book)

The concept of paradox is probably primarily an expression of the limits of the human horizon, and art is above all a phenomenon that belongs to being human. Paradoxes unite and divide at the same time, it tears us, but the term as such also forms a separate space for the opposites that cannot be reconciled. I believe that art can also create such spaces that maintain contradictions and show them off. A non-verbal language such as the visual and material may appeal more strongly to our emotions and immediate reactions. In the reflection of an art experience, our conceptual apparatus is activated, and emotional reactions can receive a deeper analysis or expanded understanding. I perceive paradoxes and contradictions as basic elements in our existence where life and death, light and darkness, sorrow and joy are archetypes.