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Agneta HOBIN

Finland born 1945

Ghiacciaio 2005 Place made: Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen Lääni, Finland
Materials & Technique: textiles, woven stainless steel, mica and nickel woven with mica weft inserts Support: stainless steel brackets mounted to wall; stainless stell tension bars at top and bottom of work.

Dimensions: 183.0 h x 182.0 w x 18.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2005
Accession No: NGA 2005.1180
Image rights: Photographer Rauno Traskelin

Geological, seasonal and personal time are invoked in Agneta Hobin’s textile constructions of chiselled and suspended fragments of shimmering muscovite. Each summer Hobin returns to an abandoned mica mine in southern Ostrobothnia to gather the brown potassium mica that she cuts and assembles into lyrical and poetic distillations of the Finnish winter. Semitransparent slices of this ancient material are floated over mesh that is draped and pleated into the curtain-like form of Ghiacciaio, inviting us to sense a world beyond, just as we might peer at life below the surface of an icy lake or at a hapless, ancient insect trapped in amber. The airiness of this work hints at the rustle of icy winds, the sharp bite of frost, and the lightness and sparkle of snow and ice that, for those in the Nordic world, are harbingers of a cyclical period of darkness and introspection.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra