Oslo and Vestfossen
In 2007 I was invited to exhibit some of my artworks by Galleri Van Bau in Vestfossen. So after some careful planing we jumped on a plane and went to Europe. It happened to be one of the wettest summers in Europe in years, and generally quite cool (I packed only light weight clothing thinking summer in Scandinavia meant the same thing as in Australia – shorts and t-shirts!) and what I was really not prepared for the long periods of daylight in Norway, the sun only goes down for a few hours at night before it rises again. I didn’t realise how much I relied on the sun for time markers during my day!
We stayed with my wonderful friend Petter, who housed us for the week, took us all over Oslo including some galleries and museums, saw some cool Viking history at the Viking boat Museum, an amazing exhibition by Candida Hofer and Sally Mann, art dreams come true! He also drove us to and from the gallery located in a town an hour or so our is Oslo called Vestfossen. A small village with a big art presence, it was a privilege to be included amongst such esteemed artists.
At the time it is the farthest I have ever been from home.