Art - Earth, Fire and Water

Artist: Inger Sitter (1983).
This open space is designed as a rolling landscape, in part paved with natural stones, cobblestones and flagstones. A gully runs across the terrain ending in a fireplace, where a fire should be burning. The knoll was originally covered by small grass tussocks, which disappeared over time. Maintenance issues have clouded the original idea behind the work. The painter Inger Sitter was born in Trondheim, but left the city early, and has lived extensively in Paris. Inger Sitter's works helped fuel the debate about nonfigurative art in Norway in the 1950s. Her work was as a painter, but throughout her entire production of works the viewer always senses landscapes as the point of departure, no matter the material used. She was heavily involved in art and culture politics, in the debate about public decorations and in the endeavour to improve living conditions for artists. She became a professor at the Academy of Fine Art in 1981, being the first woman to hold such a position.