Elsebeth Egholm

Elsebeth Egholm, writer

It is expressively painted and there is something claustrophobic about it

Asger Jorn: Spansk drama, 1952-1953.

"I have this thing about birds. In my latest novel, the main character draws and sculpts birds. Birds speak to us. There is something universal about birds. Birds can be a symbol of freedom, but there is also a vulnerability about birds. A bird just needs to break a wing ... The beak can also signal something vicious. I see lots of birds in this painting. And wings and beaks. And eyes. It is expressively painted and there is something claustrophobic about it. The birds cannot fly freely.

My upper secondary school was Aarhus Statsgymnasium, where a 27-metre ceramic relief by Asger Jorn hangs in the foyer. Being able to walk past that every day was a gift, and you would often see something new in it. A new figure or an imprint of something. This painting is the same. You keep spotting something new. A single work can have many meanings."

The work is on display at level 8.

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