Words Anne Lis Toft
On a day where most of Denmark was covered in snow and the costal wind made the chill factor hit minus 20 C, I escaped to another world with the help of Katrine, one of the girls behind the artist group RandiOgKatrine.
The trip took me from a dodgy little fisher town in the far west of Denmark, to famous Central Park in New York and across Hawaii’s sizzling heat… Here’s the story behind RandiOgKatrine.
Once upon a time, a few good years back, Randi and Katrine were both studying at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Denmark without knowing that the other person one day would contribute with great inspiration to their future careers.
For two solid years they both worked at the very same department doing widely different things, until one day they started to talk about doing ‘something’ together – something with large rooms, installation art, perhaps doing an exhibition together… The thoughts were many and with Randi dreaming about the sea, boats and ships and Katrine on the other hand longing for houses in all shapes, form and colours, it could have ended up all wrong – but instead they combined their dreams and made them into one solid world of their own. A world of installation art.
Upon asked if this partnership works, Katrine laughs, she explains that they both have the same interests where they pin point things from the physical everyday world, like gardens, people and the environment and combine them with their dreams.
As persons they are widely different, Randi is the handywoman doing things best with her hands and Katrine is more into books – but their thoughts are like one single universe where they can meet and agree – however sometimes it is necessary for them to draw or even create mini models in order to translate their thoughts into facts and pictures for the other person to fully understand.
I asked Katrine where they had found the inspiration for the huge Hawaii flowers, I mean, this is Denmark, how do you fit Aloha Hawaii into Hej Du Denmark, I firmly believe there cannot be found larger contrasts!
Katrine told me that they for a long time had dreamt about doing ‘something’ with flowers, so they started to look at regular everyday flowers, but bit by bit, they turned into looking much more at Hawaii stuff and the famous hibiscus flowers that represent the island. They dreamt about a universe where the flowers just popped up, like in real nature. And that’s how the installation art with the big Hawaii Flowers in full blossom became a reality in a dodgy dark warehouse in the city of Aarhus – the room was painted black and emptied from all other distractions besides the big wooden colourful flowers that were placed in the room with a bright direct light on, and right there, in an abandoned industrial area it was possible for a while, to step out of the chaos and into an exotic world, imported directly from warm Hawaii!
For a second or so I could see the room as if I were there myself… (…)