Imi Maufe

Imi Maufe (b. 1974) is a visual artist originally from Norfolk (UK), based in Bergen since 2009. She is a central artist in the Bergen art book scene, not only through her own studio practice but also in curating and organising exhibitions.

IMI MAUFE

IMI MAUFE

 

After a 3400-mile bicycle trip through Iceland, Orkney, Shetland, the Faroe Islands, Norway and Denmark, Imi decided to stop being a landscape architect and began her fine art education. At that time she referenced a wise quote from an Icelandic friend: “Everything is only a decision anyway”. Now she makes conceptual hand-printed artist's books that build on her childhood practice of making daily journals from family holidays. Her background as a landscape architect still plays a big role in her art. In her former education and practice, she meditated on how humans travel through landscapes and especially how the design of paths affects us. The use of books is for Imi a way to engage the public in art that can be handled, read and talked about. They are objects meant to be touched.

GREETINGS FROM NORWAY (2004)

GREETINGS FROM NORWAY (2004)

 

At the Beijing Book Art Fair, Imi will be showing a collection of “translating travel” books and a series of edible books. Physical journeys by foot, bus, bike, boat and swimming are documented in minimal ways using signs and texts to transfer an essence of the travelling experience to the reader.

JAPAN BLUES (2015)

JAPAN BLUES (2015)

 

In a recent book, “36 Tunnels and a Ferry”, she documents a 5-hour bus ride from Bergen to Røldal in West Norway. Ignoring the breathtaking scenery of the Norwegian fjords and mountains, she focuses purely on the frequency of road tunnels and their poetic names. “36 Tunnels and a Ferry” is printed on two sheets of paper; it is springy and kinetic when played with in the hands. When placed on the table, the structure of the book itself creates a tunnel.

SEA POSTCARDS (2011)

SEA POSTCARDS (2011)

 

Imi’s observations and curious concepts give a raw and exciting perspective on Nordic topography. Her playfulness is also present in her edible books, where she use a very Scandinavian food product (crispbread) artfully cut with words that invite the reader to consume the book.

36 TUNNELS AND A FERRY

36 TUNNELS AND A FERRY

 

Imi Maufe curates collaborative book-art and print projects in Norway, the UK and the Nordic countries. Recently, she was involved in making the exhibition “Smak av Bok” (Taste of Book) that toured Norway. Her work is included in collections in the UK and USA and she is currently working on a solo exhibition for Edinburgh Printmakers, Scotland. Imi studied printmaking at The University of the West of England, Bristol graduating with a MA in 2004. Since 2009 Imi Maufe has been been a member of the artist-run-studio Bergen Ateliergruppe.

ALL SHIPS TALL SHIPS

ALL SHIPS TALL SHIPS

 

伊米·茂菲(1974年出生)来自英国的诺福克郡,2009年起定居于挪威卑尔根。她在卑尔根的艺术书舞台上扮演着重要的角色,不仅是因为她在工作室里的艺术实践,还因为她的策展与活动组织工作。

 

在骑着自行车穿越冰岛、奥克尼群岛、设得兰群岛、法罗群岛、挪威和丹麦之后,伴着冰岛朋友的一句至理名言:“你离一切都只有一个决定的距离”,伊米决定放弃景观建筑师这个很有前途的职业,开始了她的艺术人生。她的主要手段是制作手工印刷的概念艺术书,而她的艺术创作正是她小时候制作家庭假期视觉日记这个小爱好的延续。旅行和旅行体验永远是她艺术创作灵感的源泉。她的景观建筑师背景也在她的作品中助了一臂之力。她的第一个专业的意义就在于反映人类在自然景观中旅行的方式——路径及其设计是如何影响我们的。对于伊米来说书是让观众参与艺术,把握、阅读以及谈论艺术的途径。书是触手可及的实物。

这次伊米将带一系列把旅行翻译成纸本的书,还有一套可以吃的书。步行、搭大巴、骑车、坐船甚至包括游泳在内的旅行方式都以最简单的图像与文字记录下来,以把旅行体验的精华传递给读者。

在伊米最新的作品《36通隧道和一趟渡轮》中,她记录下了在西挪威从卑尔根到略尔达尔全长5小时的大巴之旅。她省略了让人屏息凝神的挪威峡湾山川美景,而是纯粹而专注地记录下了大巴所经过的所有隧道以及它们诗意的名称。36通隧道和一趟渡轮》由两张纸手工印刷裁剪折叠而成,在手中可以像弹簧一样自由伸缩,而摆放在桌上的时候书本身就形成了一个隧道。

伊米敏锐的观察能力和巧妙的概念构思总是能从自然而意外的视角为我们展现另一幅北欧风景。她的顽皮在她的可以吃的书系列中发挥得淋漓尽致,她把一种北欧的传统食品——脆面包刻成了精美的文字,来邀请读者品尝。

伊米·茂菲还在挪威、英国和北欧其它国家参与策划书籍和印刷品艺术项目。她最近参加了一个挪威的巡展,名为《书的味道》。她的作品被英国和美国的各大美术馆收藏,目前她正着手准备苏格兰爱丁堡的版画个展。伊米曾于英国布里斯托尔的西英格兰大学学习版画,并于2004年取得硕士学位。自从2009年以来,她一直是由艺术家创立的卑尔根工作室联盟中的一员。