Artist Statement

My name is Sari Nordman and I am a New York -based interdisciplinary artist working with dance, video and installation. I love to travel to the isolated parts of the world to reflect on nature, history and female experience, the recurring themes in my works. Originally from Finland I am also interested in the immigrant experience in my works. My art practices are interdisciplinary and contemporary in nature. I contemplate nature in specific locations and combined with my personal sense research juxtapose feminine mystique with environmental anxieties. In my practice I observe whether there is a possibility to summon sensations that are hidden in a collective memory. I create forms in time and space to rediscover the primitive alliance with nature. My works often promise something conventionally sensual; they can be tender, soft, invitational, while at the same time can be unconventionally dangerous for their subversiveness.

 

 

She continues smiling when talking
She picks hair off the table cloth,
plays with it
appearing emotional.
Sympathetic, tender voices around her continue
hosting, serving, considering.
Her hand on her cheek,
A gossip is told.
Everyone listening
We feel the intimacy.
Fingers touch, find skin and texture.
Hair outlining her face she opens her gaze
to us.
Finally,
she leans her head to a side,
smiling encouragingly.
There is a presence that almost dissolves,
evaporates and
softness that brings up emotions
in us.

A response to Danspace Project’s Conversations Without Walls, DANSE to Diaries: French feminisms, May 17th, 2014

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