sissel blystad

Small textiles, big rugs, and elaborate pattern as far as the eye can see! How, I ask you, have I not learned about Norwegian artist Sissel Blystad until now? She was born in Oslo in 1944, and she’s been making work since 1972! I love this chunk of text from her site… it’s been translated from Norwegian so it might be a bit off, but her honesty and humor certainly isn’t:

“Here is my self-made website with works ranging from 1972 to 2015. It may look like I’ve taken everything I’ve done, but I have not deleted. I think it’s important and show also older stuff, which I do not necessarily are equally happy with today, but that is also part of my oeuvre.
I feel like I’ve gotten done very much when I look back, and that’s because I’ve had this as the first priority in all years. And I must, with hand on heart, say that I have never made anything just to sell, but only to meet and challenge myself. By type, I’m curious, and do not give up so easily. And why have I managed to claw me stuck in this job. Like many other artists also I had to take other jobs beside at times, but usually with great reluctance.”

The. Best.

ps. An installation view from a 2016 show at Hester NY, and a photo of Sissel in her studio from 2011:

comments (8)

  1. Amy Chen /// 06.16.2017 /// 8:49am

    Lovely! The patterns are so complex and intricate that I think it’s impressive the pieces stand as a whole and harmoniously so. The use of color is amazing too. Thank you for sharing all these wonderful artists with the world.

  2. Sabine S. from Germany /// 06.16.2017 /// 9:39am

    Oh my dear,
    this colorful work is so amazing! I ♥ ♥ ♥ it.
    many ♡ ly greetings sent by
    Sabine from WO(rms) in Germany

  3. lance olsen /// 06.16.2017 /// 10:38am

    absolutely wonderful work

  4. Sarina Diakos /// 06.17.2017 /// 1:02am

    “And why have I managed to claw me stuck in this job. Like many other artists also I had to take other jobs beside at times, but usually with great reluctance”…… LOL yes the plight of artists – those pesky other jobs. I love her!!

  5. Marijke /// 06.17.2017 /// 1:18am

    I really love the work. And even more the artist writes about showing old work as well, even if she doesn’t like it that much anymore. It’s a part of her life and history, the beatiful and less beautiful stuff!

  6. Kristi kohut /// 06.17.2017 /// 6:09am

    Obsessed! These are incredible!!! The first one is my favorite, there’s something about the ones that are like cutouts. Love!

  7. Debbie Loveland /// 06.17.2017 /// 8:48am


  8. Kris Phebus /// 10.18.2017 /// 9:03am

    Love these! I just can’t figure out they were constructed. They look a lot like the Mexican yarn paintings made by the Huichol Indians. Those are made by pressing the yarn into a wax sheet. You said that these works are small textiles and rugs, so that wouldn’t work. Do you think they are glued? I guess you’ll have to have her on a podcast so we can find out.