HELENE TORP

VISUAL ARTIST

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Performance Alt er Tilgitt / It Is All Forgiven Othocallis siberica,

Sibirica, dried plant harvested in the north

Helene Torp
Performance ritual
Alt er Tilgitt / It Is All Forgiven
Othocallis siberica

By Helene Torp
With: Helene Torp, Lars Kenneth Westby, Aase-Hilde Brekke
Høstutstillingen 2018 Statens 131. kunstutstilling
Kunstnernes Hus Oslo

Jeg setter meg ned ved planten, blir planten, lytter og skriver ned det jeg hører. Blomsten Scilla brer seg ut over plenen i hager og langs veikanter om våren og plantes om høsten.
Den har sin opprinnelse fra Syria, Irak og Sør Russland. Den fortalte meg at den bærer med seg kraften til enhet mellom kulturer. Den sa Alt Er Tilgitt. I fortid, nåtid og framtid.

Dette er et rituale og en hyllest til tilgivelsens rå kraft.
Jeg inviterer publikum til å delta i et lyttende dypdykk og omskapelse av
de store og små kriger.

Helene Torp,
Fredrikstad, august 2018

I sit down by the plant, meditate with the plant, listen and write down what I hear. The flower Scilla spreads over the lawn in gardens and along roadsides in the spring and is planted in the fall.It originates from Syria, Iraq and South Russia. It told me that it carries the power of unity between cultures. It said everything is forgiven. In past, present and future.

This is a performance, a ritual and a tribute to the raw power of forgiveness.
I invite the audience to participate in a listening and transformation of
the big and small wars.

Helene Torp,
Fredrikstad, august 2018


In Process, preparing for ritual

Sibirica, I listen

Kenneth Westby, Epipremnum Aureum – Portrait of a man and a plant

Statens 131. kunstutstilling
Høstutstillingen 2018
Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo 8. september – 14. october, Oslo

Kenneth Westby, Epipremnum Aureum

Stills from the film
A portrait of a man and a plant. Kenneth Westby, Epipremnum Aureum

Kenneth Westby, Epipremnum Aureum
Portrait of a man and a plant

Devil’s Ivy, Epipremnum aureum

Theme of the project is ecology, environment, consumption. Investigates the value and presence of house plants in the lives of different people. The life stories of the main characters in the portraits are intertwined with the history of the plant. It is focus on people who have a special and close relationship with selected plants. Lars Kenneth Westby is the main character of the plant portrait Gullranke, Epipremnum aureum

Installation view, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo

Video installation
Hd video 10 min. ladder, plant
Helene Torp © 2018

More info: https://www.hostutstillingen.no/

A portrait of a man and a plant

Portraits of humans and plants
My latest project is a series of portraits of people and their plants.
I visit them at home and they talk about their life and how they connect and live
with their living plants. This is a part of my calling to make art on how to raise sensitivity and respect for all nature and the earth.

Portraits of humans and plants
Kenneth Westby, Epipremnum Aureum
5.40 min., HD, 2017-18
©Helene Torp 2018
Supported by Vederlagsfondet project grant

Kenneth Westby, Epipremnum Aureum

Stills from the film
A portrait of a man and a plant. Kenneth Westby, Epipremnum Aureum, © Helene Torp

Stills from the film
A portrait of a man and a plant. Kenneth Westby, Epipremnum Aureum © Helene Torp

Stills from the film
A portrait of a man and a plant. Kenneth Westby, Epipremnum Aureum © Helene Torp

Stills from the film
A portrait of a man and a plant. Kenneth Westby, Epipremnum Aureum © Helene Torp

Power To Live, Oslo BOA 2017

Power To Live, A Tribute To The White Chestnut trees in Oslo, BOA 2017
Gallery BOA, Helene Torp & Hege Liseth
Co-creators performance,Lars-Kenneth Westby, Aase Hilde Brekke, Torun Avelsgaard Lien
Photograhy: Adrian Bugge Documentation performance, Thomas Roaldsnes Thanks to Nordens Lys for the Music of the plant machine.

Flower Wisdom by Helene Torp

Whispers and wonders from Mother Earth
“Art is a kind of first aid kit and a flower medicine. It heals,but it does not cover up the wounds” Rituals, performance and handcrafted flower essences for emotional healing.
-an ongoing project

I think we humans and animals have an opportunity to listen to nature’s very own characteristics. It is my own experience, but it requires a distinctive listening and trust that this listening is connected with nature and not just an expression of a mental force, a will, even if that force is a part of getting art and the remedies out in the world. I call it first-hand experience. The part of us who can put us in a state, where deep listening to nature is possible. I sit down by the flower or the bush, after a few hours or days of preparation in the spirit, I record og write down what I hear.

Helene Torp

Othocallis siberica
"It is all Forgiven"
Origin Syria, Irak and South of Russia.

“After flowering, the inflorescence sets on the ground with seeds that have an oily pendant. Ants love these seeds and drag them away and eat them. In this way the seeds are spread further. “

Everything is forgiven, future, past, present. This plant carries unity between cultures in the past, present and future time. Othocallis siberica is here to raise peace frequencies on the earth. It can be used for peace work in our time both personal or bigger wars.

Scilla sibirica

Scilla sibirica

Ribes Sanguineum
"Deeper Lasting Love"

“Trauma brought me here, the pain took me there, the shit took me here, blame and charges brought me here, my victim took me here, the courage took me here. I got hurt. I could not see myself in you, like the other, and not as one as part of myself. That you are you and I am me. That love is created from within in a center of stability and some of lasting value. The very self-love. ”

The plant is originally from the coastal area of North America ,
the current British Columbia, Washington , Oregon,
Idaho and California in the US and Canada

Ribes sanguineum © HeleneTorp & width=

Ribes sanguineum ©Helene Torp

I have 18 essences in my series. Please contact me for more information.

Laboratories of Helene Torp ©
22 th of april
9. lab8. Making

Power To Live In A Modern World

Flower Wisdom and Power To Live In a Modern World ©

Flower Wisdom and Power To Live In a Modern World by

Flower Wisdom and Power To Live In A Modern World 

a project by Helene Torp & Hege Liseth

Det er ulike måter naturen kan inspirere oss. Vi undersøker naturens kraft og hva den kan fortelle oss i vår moderne tid.

Prosjektet betår av flere deler – lyd, tekst, bilder, trær og remedier fra trær eller blomster. En del av dette prosjektet består av substans remedier. Vi har tatt utgangspunkt i ideer om naturens, spesielt trær og blomsters, immatrielle krefter og metafysiske dimensjon. Ideer som blant annet eksisterer hos ur-befolkning, i homeopatien, i blomstermedisinen og annen medisin. Vi behandler materialet kunstnerisk for å skape et intimt rom i samtale med naturen. Prosjektet adresserer spørsmål vedrørende miljø- og klima og økologi på en sjangeroverskridende og tverrfaglig måte. Vi ønsker å sette dagsorden gjennom å skape nye fortellinger i samtiden.

Hvert tre eller plante forteller ulike historier. Hittil har vi sett på hestekastanje og syrin, og videre vil vi ta for oss andre norske planter i nærmiljøet som vi har et forhold til. Prosjektet blir presentert som et eksperimentelt labratorium med lyd, tekst og bilder, fysiske planter og ulike remedier.

Arbeidet ble vist første gang i Oslo september 2014, med lyd, tekst, fotografier av prosessen og treet og en glassinstallasjon med blader, røtter og kastanjer fra treet. Dette prosjektet vokser med vært tre eller vekst som snakker til oss.

Nature is. Nature has often been used as an image of beingness, something beyond human control. A part of us are always plain physical matter ticking at its own pace, controlled from somewhere other than our conscious self. This project is all about nature’s relationship to us. Nature speaks to us and restore a balance that has been disturbed somewhere along the way.

The project consists of several media – audio, text, photos, trees and remedies from trees or plants. The audio works are created as a “stream of consciousness”, as the forces of nature talks through us. We create our own flower remedies which are part of the installation, and bring messages and strengthening powers from nature. The remedies are created from the recipe of Dr. Bach. Dr. Edward Bach was a British physical and spiritual writer who was inspired by homeopathy, and developed a system of flower medicine in the early 1900s.

Remedy no 1 is made from the flowers of white chestnut tree growing outside Helene’s house. It was first shown in Oslo in September 2014, with audio work, text, photographs of the tree and of the process and also a glass installation with leaves, roots and chestnuts from the tree. Remedy no 2 are from the lilac. It has not yet been exhibited. The lilac tells us a different story and support us in other ways than the white chestnut. This project grows with each tree or plant that speak to us.

Nature is. Nature has often been used as an image of beingness, something beyond human control. A part of us are always plain physical matter ticking at its own pace, controlled from somewhere other than our conscious self. This project is all about nature’s relationship to us. Nature speaks to us and restore a balance that has been disturbed somewhere along the way.

The project consists of several media – audio, text, photos, trees and remedies from trees or plants. The audio works are created as a “stream of consciousness”, as the forces of nature talks through us. We create our own flower remedies which are part of the installation, and bring messages and strengthening powers from nature. The remedies are created from the recipe of Dr. Bach. Dr. Edward Bach was a British physical and spiritual writer who was inspired by homeopathy, and developed a system of flower medicine in the early 1900s.

Remedy no 1 is made from the flowers of white chestnut tree growing outside Helene’s house. It was first shown in Oslo with audio work, text, photographs of the tree and of the process and also a glass installation with leaves, roots and chestnuts from the tree. Remedy no 2 are from the lilac.The lilac tells us a different story and support us in other ways than the white chestnut. This project grows with each tree or plant in my garden.

White Chestnut "Power To Live In A Modern World"

White Chestnut “Power To Live In A Modern World”©

White Chestnut" Power To Live In A Modern World"

White Chestnut “Power To Live In A Modern World”

Noisy Prayer exhibition view

Exhibition – Galleri Vulkan September 6-21

“Noisy Prayer” explores metaphysical realities with different approaches to a non-physical and spiritual world. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, photography, video, sound work and various remedies that relate to each other in a playful way.

Power to live In a modern world, Almost There, Into The Sun, Entering With Sound, Sounds Of Mother Earth

Installation view:

Noisy Prayer exhibition view Exhibition in collaboration with Hege Liseth. Galleri Vulkan, Oslo

“Noisy Prayer” explores metaphysical realities with different approaches to a non-physical and spiritual world.

The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, photography, video, sound work and various. The alternation between individual works relate to each other in a playful way and reveal different parts of the story. The paintings and drawings, all performative elements and expression of the movement of energy. To activate and set things in motion are articulated in different ways. Organic, fluid and abstract elements mix with simple line configurations where fantasy and reality are put under the microscope. All are products of the intuitive processes, most first take. Sound work also appears as a “stream of consiousness” with conversations in nature and with energies and intangible forces. A collection of self-produced remedies blends into the installation with message of strength and power to live in a modern world. Through video works, both documentary and staged elements, of what spiritual practice might be. One of the videos are taken from YouTube and shows Mooji ,a spiritual leader based in Portugal, who shares his thoughts on the Middle East problem, on about war, peace and human identity. Do we fight for peace? Torp & Liseth invited various people to participate with their comments and dialogue on peace.

“Noisy Prayer” utforsker metafysiske virkelighetsbilder med ulike innfallsvinkler til en ikke-fysisk/ åndelig verden.

Vekslingen mellom enkeltverk i ulike kunstneriske media er montert på en leken måte som forteller hver sin del av historien. Maleriene og tegningene har alle performative elementer og uttrykk for bevegelse av energi. Å aktivere, og å sette ting i bevegelse blir tematisert på ulike måter. Avtrykk av fingre gir nærvær og tilstedeværelse. Organiske, flytende og abstrakte elementer blander seg med enkle strekfigurasjoner hvor fantasi og virkelighet blir satt under lupen. Alle er produkter av intuitive arbeidsprosesser, mest mulig uredigert, som energibærere i seg selv. Lydarbeidene fremstår også som en “stream of consiousness”, med samtaler med naturen og med energier og immatrielle krefter. En samling egenproduserte blomsteressenser blandes inn i installasjonen med budskap og styrkedråper fra naturen. Gjennom videoarbeidene vises dokumentariske og iscenesatte elementer av hva spirituell praksis kan innebære. Et av videoverkene er hentet fra YouTube og viser en åndelig guru som deler sine tanker om midtøsten-problematikken, om krig, fred og menneskets identitet. Verket blir brukt som utgangspunkt for en dialog hvor kunstnerne har invitert ulike mennesker til å delta med sine kommentarer.

View the singular works in the exhibition here:

SOUNDS OF MOTHER EARTH

Sound Art 2014

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DRIVE IN SOUND

SOUNDS OF MOTHER EARTH – Gallery Ruth Drive in – Sound Art 2014

This soundpiece is based upon Torp & Liseths own poems and a channeled recording with Kari – Hanne Nyland. The channeling came throug a spiritual session together. It expresses the sound og Mother Earth´s heart. This is a wounded earth talking. In this recording she shows her gratefullness to us humans for connecting with her and of being alive. Sounds Of Mother Earth is part of Torp & Liseth Cosmic Broadcasts series of sound and videoworks exploring the universe of people connecting on a multidimentional level through a spiritual practice.

Sounds Of Mother Earth ,Torp & Liseth 2014

Documentation of the performance here: I am the Gallery  

 1.juni Drive In Galleri Sound Art opening

Sound Art 2014

Curated by Tulle Ruth

Karen Kipphoff, DE/CA,
Torp & Liseth, N
Trond Lossius, N
Joakim Blattman, N
Anna Hedberg, S
Kristine Marie Aasvang, N
Håvard Øieroset,N
Marianne Stranger, N
Kiwa Noid, Estonia

 

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More info and sound about Sound Art 2014:
galleriruth.com/exhibits/?id=1

 

About the Galleri:

Galleri Ruth is situated in between the fields south of Oslo in Norway.

It started out in 2012 as a small contemporary indoor gallery and
served wind-powered waffles outside. In the summer months around
2500-3000 cars were passing the gallery each day and many did slow down
when they saw the windmill and the gallery – but they did not manage to
stop, get out the car and see the art.

In 2013 Galleri Ruth was transformed into a Drive In Sound Gallery. This
was an attempt to meet the need and interests of the car drivers and at
the same time make it easier to access contemporary sound art by having
the car as the gallery space in a beautiful remote and rural setting.

Video animation,  Oslo Central station, Helene Torp 2008
Friends (Venner) is a video animation consisting of simple drawings
and short everyday messages, where the content and form appear as a wonderful mix of public and private life. The artist examines how the abbreviated language of texts, Facebook and advertising infiltrates other communication. “Friends” walks a tightrope between
humour and an underlying serious message. In a world where a wrong keystroke can broadcast the most intimate details it is easy for the results to become confusing. The film is clever, playful and accessible. From the jury statmente. Curated by Rom for kunst

You Play Dead

You Play Dead

 

The film won the competition, “Privatlivets Fred” (Private Life),
and was shown at Oslo Central station (Oct/Nov 2008), initiated by Koro (Public Art Norway), the Data Inspectorate and Rom for kunst Mesen.

Jury: Georg Apenes, Datatilsynet, Trude Talberg-Furulund, Datatilsynet, Vibeke Christensen, Kulturbyrået Mesén, Ketil Nergaard, billedkunstner, oppnevnt av KORO, Yngvild Færøy, kunstnerisk konsulent og juryleder, oppnevnt av KORO

 

Do We Fight For Peace?

We investigate how to approach a world where we see that peace is possible. In this project we invite people to commune and share in the the artwork “Do we fight for peace?”

Yoko Ono uses the inspiring words “Imagine Peace” and “War Is Over If We Want It”. Is there really a chance we have in a world in constant war? Do we as individuals have influence above the world of war and peace?

We fill the gallery space with your, our and other people’s thoughts on this topic. Without making politics of art, we intend to inspire new perspectives and to promote and expand the idea beyond the conflict premise used in massmedia today. We see it as an exercise for ourselves “from ego to beingness” where everything is possible and where the difference is the choice of every human being.

We showed this project first time in the Noisy Prayer exhibition at Galleri Vulcan in Oslo, September 2014. 30 people contributed with texts on the topic. This is an ongoing project. We will continue to commune.

Do you have any thoughts, ideas, inspirations?

How do you think we could be the difference?

As a basis for the discussion, we have this time chosen to use a video of Mooji, a spiritual leader who takes up questions of identity and struggle. Here, he discusses human identity and how conflicts arise and can be dissolved. The video is intended as inspiration, regardless of any belief system or political views.

Full text from all contributors, september 2014 HERE

Video link Mooji: http://vimeo.com/103323348

Contributors September 2014:

Katrine Apspaas, David Tehrani, Tulle Ruth, Eli Rudshagen, Mona Sprenger, Steinar Bryn, Jan- Kåre Fjeld, Anders Eiebakke, Gunn Møller, Ambrika Christen, Reidun Haavik, Anniken Huitfelt, Camillo Løken, Synnøve Nuria Løken, Bengt Svensson, Katrine Lee Hauger, Kjersti Okkelmo, Ninni Brede Rossavik, Espen Grafitti, Rune Kreuz, Bodil Røvik-Larsen, Liv Børsand, Richard Dion, Wenke Anita Sele, Ebba Moi, Hilde Salvesen, Nina Sandaker-Wehn, Wenke Anita Sele.

Torp & Liseth © 2015

Do we fight for peace? Del 1. Nå er bilder og tekster lagt ut. 26 bidrag ble det til utstillingen Noisy Prayer i september. Her er det tekster som berører den delen av oss som er håpefull og kraftfull til endring og gjennomslag. Ansvar uten handlingslammelser. Takk til Kathrine AspaasLiv Børsand Anders Eiebakke  Ebba Moi Camillo Løken Anniken Huitfeldt, Espen Grafitti Wenke Anita Sele Bengt Svensson Bodil Røvik-Larsen Steinar Bryn, Reidun Haavik Nina Sandaker Wehn Katrine Legg Hauger  Eli Rudshagen  Mona Sprenger  Ninni Brede Rossavik  Rune Kreutz Richard Dion, Synnøve Nuria G Løken  Tulle Ruth  Gunn Møller  Hilde Salvesen Jan-Kåre Fjeld  David Tehrani  Ambika Christen  Kjersti Okkelmo som valgte å delta ta action og vise retning. Takk!! Del gjerne videre.Mvh;  Helene Torp &Hege Liseth i Torp & Liseth Alt materiale finner du her:

http://torp-liseth.com/works-3/do-we-fight-for-peace/

 Do we fight for peace? Part 1. Now, photographs and texts posted. 26 contributions were to exhibit Noisy Prayer in September.  Texts that touches the part of us that is hopeful and powerful to change and impact. Responsibility without action paralysis. Thanks to who chose to participate take action and show direction Kathrine Aspaas, Liv Børsand, Anders Eiebakke, Ebba Moi, Camillo Løken, Anniken Huitfeldt, Espen Grafitti, Wenke Anita Sele, Bengt Svensson, Bodil Røvik-Larsen Steinar Bryn, Reidun Haavik Nina Sandaker Wehn Katrine Legg Hauger  Eli Rudshagen  Mona Sprenger, Ninni Brede Rossavik, Rune Kreutz Richard Dion, Synnøve Nuria G Løken, Tulle Ruth, Gunn Møller, Hilde Salvesen, Jan-Kåre Fjeld, David Tehrani, Ambika Christen, Kjersti Okkelmo. Thank you !! Please share videre.Mvh; Helene Torp & Hege Liseth in Torp & Liseth All material found here:

http://torp-liseth.com/works-3/do-we-fight-for-peace/