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Susanne Nørregård Nielsen

Susanne Nørregård Nielsen (b. 1970 in Svendborg, Denmark) lives in Fife and works in Glasgow, Scotland. Nielsen’s art practice makes frequent use of strategies of appropriation. Although her practice is rooted in painting, other media and materials such as photography, plants, textiles and embroideries are often used to make the work.

Nielsen’s central enquiry illuminates art works central to the early 20th century canon, to provoke new thinking on the impact of artists practice using feminine gendered materiality.

Nielsen’s most recent and current work investigates textiles’ influence on early 20th century visual art, in particular abstract painting and the development of the modernist textile. To that end, over a period of four years Nielsen has been taking weaving lessons with Jan Shelley, weaver and former head of the textile department of Duncan of Jordanstone.

Solo shows include: ‘Red Yellow Blue’, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, UK (2009); ‘Flowerbed’, The Glasgow School of Art (2007); ‘Mondrian’s Flowerbed’, Galleri Hornbæk, Denmark (2007); Mondrian’s Flowerbed’, Crawford Arts Centre, St Andrews, UK (2004). ‘The Great Glen Artists Airshow’, Highland Institute of Contemporary Art (HICA),UK (2010); “Arttextiles3”,the third major survey of British artists referencing textiles, Bury St. Edmunds Art Gallery. Touring: Edinburgh City Art Centre, Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums, Rugby Museum and Art Gallery, Artsway Sway, Harley Gallery Welbeck, Devon Guild of Craftsmen Bovey Tracey, UK (2004 – 2006).

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Susanne Nørregård Nielsen 

Pencil to Paper


In this playful interdisciplinary work Nielsen responds to Sophie Taeuber-Arp’s (1889-1943) text ‘Remarks on Teaching Decorative Design’ (1922) for a series of drawings on paper.

For the first 15 years of Taeuber-Arp’s career she taught Design and Embroidery at The Zurich School of Art and Craft, and in this text she shows how to develop textile design. A rare insight into her creativity method, it is translated into English for the first time by Nielsen. Taeuber-Arp saw applied and fine art as equals, despite the art world relegating textiles, a ‘feminine’ form of craft, to the sidelines.

Fri 20 April – Mon 7 May
Mon – Wed & Fri – Sun: 10am-5pm
Thur: 10am-7pm

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