Mette Winckelmann’s textile sculpture Rörelse (Movement) functions as a room divider in the entrance of the new Studenthuset at Linköping University’s Campus Valla. In addition to creating serenity and privacy, the two-sided curtain also transforms the room into a stage.
Green, grey and white connect the contemporary architecture with the surrounding plants, trees and leaves which also provided inspiration for the pattern’s organic, flowing lines. Just as the stricter “veining” of the suggested leaves has been influenced by the architecture’s pattern of repeated cubes and rectangles.
The sculpture works equally well when extended to its full length as when drawn back in a more compact form. Mette Winckelmann’s abstract and playful design makes possible multiple interpretations. The changeable, soft sculpture is also a nod to the various cycles in its surroundings: the changes of seasons, the students’ predetermined terms and the gradual development of free thought.
Up close, the exquisite richness of detail also testifies to a collaboration with seamstresses from the Friends of Handicraft association and to the fruit of hard and purposeful labour.
Mette Winckelmann’s art practice is both abstract and concrete. Abstract because it resists the figurative. Concrete, because it takes its starting point in a material and physically tangible reality. With a playful, inquiring touch, Winckelmann likes to work with different materials and has repeatedly addressed complex issues in the public domain.