In My Heart
Brave coastal women sculpture at Kjollefjord
Brave coastal womenIn September 2010 three sculptures of three coastal women in ceramics were unveiled at the inner pier of Kjollefjord on the northernmost coast of Norwegian Lapland.
The sculptures are made by the Norwegian sculptor Ingun Dahlin. These sculptures are part of a series of sculptures dedicated to unknown, brave women along the Norwegian coast.
The theme is about the struggle for life, about living on the shores of the ocean that both gives life and takes lives away. From their place at the Kjollefjord pier the brave women overlook part of the village, and at the same time they are looking towards the Arctic Ocean.
Hands are the most prominent feature of the sculptures. The artist herself says that we are met by hands when we enter this world. Hands give and take.
We protect ourselves by crossing our hands against ours chests - "Don't come too near me!". But at other times the crossed hands may say "Come to me - come to my heart!" We keep at distance - but we also want intimacy. Crossed hands on our chest has always expressed tribute and humility. These sculptures are a tribute til the coastal culture and the struggle for life.
These sculptures can be seen at the Kjøllefjord pier for three years. Then they will move on. They arrived by the coastal express. And probably they will leave the same way.
Photos by Olav E. Johansen
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