Immigration

This series of five paintings explores the personal process of leaving one country and moving to another. Something of you stays behind in your homeland while other parts make the long journey. As an immigrant, I believe there will always be something familiar found what is left behind, whether that is family or culture. Those parts blend together to help create who you become in your new land.

 

These images started with a traditional Danish paper mobile, which I used as a symbol of immigration — the starting point as homeland. Each shape then became a possible destination. By extruding the simple graphic shapes, they are allowed to show distance and depth between lands. The background colours give a sense of horizon, while vertical and horizontal lines mix up the chronological order of layering, as past memories can be remembered in a nonlinear fashion. The images also are a nod to my interest in Russian Constructivist posters.

©2020 by Anders Knudsen.