'Tin Soldier, Homage to Elvis Presley', Aluminium Dye Sublimation, a tetraptych, 175 X 228 cm (69 X 90 inches), 2017.The... Read More
'Tin Soldier, Homage to
Elvis Presley', Aluminium Dye Sublimation, a tetraptych, 175 X 228 cm (69
X 90 inches), 2017.
The Royal Danish Life Guards
Regiment serves as a guard as well as a ceremonial unit to the Danish Monarchy.
While on guard duty, the uniform of the Guards consists of dark blue tunics and
light blue trousers with white stripes. The ceremonial uniform, worn on special
state occasions, substitutes a scarlet tunic for the dark blue. I have always
been fascinated by the glorious uniform, and decided to project it to the
Danish Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Steadfast Tin Soldier', one of my treasured
childhood protagonists. Thus, I portrayed it from all four viewpoints, adopting
the face of Elvis Presley, my adolescence hero.
Both Andersen's 'The Steadfast
Tin Soldier' and Elvis Presley, had a great influence on me – the first was a
model for uncompromising resilience even in the most difficult circumstances
and the second was a major factor in shaping my cultural world. A reparation is
made here to both of them: the Tin Soldier regains his lost leg and Elvis is
brought back to life.
Andersen's 'The Steadfast Tin
Soldier' and Elvis Presley come from different worlds, different centuries and
different disciplines: literature, in which the work is expressed in written
words and music, in which the work is expressed in sounds. ‘Tin Soldier, Homage
to Elvis Presley’, is a work of art from yet another world, another century and
another discipline, different from the other two – painting, in which the work
is expressed in shapes and colors.
This artwork is a tetraptych
consisting of 4 separate pieces, each measures (width) 57 X (height) 175 cm.
These 4 pieces are placed next to each other and displayed as one framed artwork
which measures (width) 228 X (height) 175 cm. Each piece of the four displays a
different posture: front view, fuchsia (right side) view, back view and left