Sidsel Christensen transforms the room of the Hertervik collection at Stavanger Art Museum, into an artwork that resurrects the story of painter Christiane Schreiber (1822 – 1989). Shreiber originates from Stavanger, and is one of four women from this period, that the museum holds in its collection. Christensen has veiled Hertervigs paintings, and erected a big, rusted scaffold structure – a new framing device - to tell another story.
The installation and performance acts as a time machine. It presents a network of various viewpoints where historical sources, letters and biographies, merge with fictional stories, created and by the artist: A hidden story of Shreibers life and work slowly appears.
The tale centers on the relationship Shreiber had to the Swedish painter Sofie Ribbing (1835 – 1894). The two women shared a space of rotating double gazes; continually looking back at each other, and out of this grew a new type of artwork that had a life of its own. This gaze also stretches into our current time, and looks back at the contemporary viewer.
Christensen lends her body and voice to these viewpoints, to create a more open space for Shreiber and Sofie to exist.