|Theme:||Sense & Sensibility|
It may sound over subtle that a few hexagonal boxes in acrylic with stripes of varying widths create unique experiences for the people who look at them, but that is nevertheless the essence of Ane Lykke’s textile power point, which engages you actively in its installation, making you aware of your presence in the space. Placing two parallel-striped layers one over the other at a distance of 14 cm creates a kind of optical illusion where the stripes ‘move’ depending on where you position yourself and how close you are to the work. The movement takes the form of a displacement towards the viewer, who involuntarily asks the Cartesian question ‘Am I dreaming or am I awake?’. Presumably Ane Lykke is in fact on an existential mission when she enters into a dialogue with the public
and forces them to feel a sense of space quite physically? ‘I want to intervene consciously in a
space and upset the expectations people have of it; to present something unpredictable - a surprise that creates synergy between my textile universe, the architectural space and the recipient’s cultural assumptions.’
It is the reciprocity of this semiotic triangle that fascinates Ane Lykke, who has worked since she graduated from Danmarks Designskole to create new and different dimensions and experiences in space. Last year she was in the running for a Biennale prize with her white paper carpet whose volume and idea recall a snow-clad hilly landscape in a child’s fairyland. What a feast! Ane Lykke’s approach to her craft is broader than most people’s.