At sea at night
A man pulls a large, black fish out of the water. A woman is standing naked in a boat and fishing, the hair stands straight out behind her and suggests that the boat is at high speed. In another boat, a person is reclining. These events are the main motifs in Trine Lindheim three prints, which hang at the Grieg Academy.
The people are sketchy, with the absolute minimum amount of arms and legs. We see no facial features. The sea gets a more detailed treatment, the patterns clearly show how the water moves, we see the wake and rings. The fish in Opp av hav II (Out of the sea II) is completely black. Only the outline helps us recognize it as a fish. In Lykkelig reise (Happy journey) the naked woman is flesh-colored, a break with the otherwise black and gray tones. The boat here is long and narrow, and a big fish is seen parallel to it, a little further back. The atmosphere is more active and cheerful than in the other two pictures.
The most peaceful is the picture of a man with no arms. He is reclining in a boat shaped like a deck chair. In contrast to the other two pictures, we see no fish. The darkness is spreading in streaks down from the top of the image. Despite the silence, there is enough movement to create a tension-filled balance. There is something lyrical over the pictures. A harmonious peace that is fascinating in all its simplicity.
Trine Lindheim (1957-) works as an artist with the media painting, drypoint and woodcut. Her prints depict the night in different ways. The form is simple, the elements few. But the atmosphere is captivating. Lindheim has had exhibitions in Norway and abroad, and has made public artworks for the Oslo Courthouse and the Court of Appeal in Oslo, to mention a few. She has exhibited at a number of biennials of graphic arts, and in 1987 she received first prize at the Biennale in Gorizia, Italy.
NORA SØRENSEN VAAGE