Ane Thon Knutsen (f. 1984), PhD Fellow at the Department of Design, opens her exhibition with the work The Mark on The Wall. Thon Knutsen's main work is the last of a number of adaptations of Virginia Woolf's short story The Mark on the Wall, which was written in 1917. In her PhD, Thon Knutsen examines how Woolf's experience with plumb may have influenced her experience of text, and reads it from a letterpress perspective. The exhibition is part of the Research Week at the Oslo Academy of the Arts.
"The project emerged from an interest in printed media in a digital era. Under the working title tactility in printed matter, I immersed myself in the Norwegian priniting industry. I did extensive studies to acquire this soon extinct craftsmanship through what remains of original environments with expertise in letterpress printing. After being granted a journeyman certificate, I reached a turning point. The industrial history is not mine to appropriate. I acknowledged that my place in history, as a female self taught printer from the other side of the digital revolution, was in fact another. Artistic research eventually evolved into finding and defining rooms of my own, physically, intellectually and historically. Reflections surfacing through Virginia Woolf's essay A Room of One ́s Own. It became clear how crucial the material conditions for artistic practice are. I needed a room of my own to think, and an actual printing press of my own."
- Ane Thon Knutsen