A polar experience
Giving birth to universal intimacy
"I am a polar artist. I grew up in Norway where I started sculpture and contemporary dance. I dedicated my art and research to the protection of Antarctica and I acted as an International Lawyer to defend its values of peace, science and environment. I traveled to the Poles to create Land Art works and back in my studio, the polar colours are the ones I use. In my dance performances, I continue to tell my Antarctic stories.
Antarctica is not only a place but a state of being, a system of perception, a sensitivity. After the French explorer Dr. Jean-Louis Etienne, the polar experience "brings the human to connect with its own intimacy".
At the beginning is the sensation. Before any thoughts, before any representation, there is this immediately true information which is my anchor. I want to represent the consciousness of being in its polar intimacy, its history, color, taste, smell, sound and texture. The sensation invites me to think with all these dimensions. The emotions come after, and then the gesture which unite sensation and emotion in a single act. Being a polar artist means to me dancing with the polar matter as a result of these layers of information. The gesture is the synthesis of this experience, the ultimate simplification, what remains of this organic and emotional process. I receive and I show with my body, my body-consciousness as united entities. My gesture is unique in a state of grace. It is the dance of the inner.
After the iceberg symbol, I often target the links between the conscious and the subconscious, with the use of deep dark blue and black colors. I also talk about the expansion and suspension of the body in ecstatic states. Gold is the light turned into matter. It is the footprint of the human vertical axis, all together a door to our own inner infinity - intracosmos - and the infinity of space - extracosmos. As such, gold is also used as a column in the selfie painting "Underneath", or as constellations in the nine sculptures "Antarctic organic - Feminine". I also use gold to highlight the shore lines, where it represents the frontier between worlds, the sensitive line, the permeable junction, like my skin. I see an identification between my own system of reference and the nature around me. Whatever I use, painting, dancing or Land Art, it is an organic transcendental art where pristine nature is my mirror and where there is no real difference between this ice spark and the perception I have of my ethmoïd.
There is much joy in the experience of the senses with the consciousness of being a human, specially in Antarctica. My body is limited, my consciousness is unlimited and I use these tools to explore the human feelings, because life is nothing else than a will to pulse, the urgency of being rather than the Nothing.
In my exploration, several masters guide me always: Yves Klein, Pierre Soulages and Marina Abramovic. In the polar infinity, I want to tell the story of being, the consciousness of being human".
pure gold, Antarctica, 2015. Finalist:
Making of "Antarctic Consciousness",
pure gold, Antarctica, 2015.
pure gold, Ilulissat, Arctic, 2012.
Duo Oïjha and Marc Salamolard, Reunion Island International Dance Festival, contemporary dance companies Artefakt and Accords Klan Destin, directed by Céline Amato and Tony Jourdain,2015.
Duo Oïjha and Jeanne Seiler, Reunion Island International Dance Festival, contemporary dance companies Artefakt and Accords Klan Destin, directed by Céline Amato and Tony Jourdain, 2016.
Duo Oïjha et Marc Salamolard, compagnie Accords Klan Destin, direction Tony Jourdain, 2015.
Duo Oïjha and Stanislas Lougnon, Reunion Island International Dance Festival, contemporary dance companies Artefakt and Accords Klan Destin, directed by Céline Amato and Tony Jourdain, 2014.