In traditional Japanese aesthetics, Ma is an expression of empty space, such as the pause between two notes in a piece of music or the distance between two dots on a piece of paper. Ma speaks of the space between what is going on – a linguistic translation of the function of contrast. In Christel Hansson’s work, we see this relationship at play.
Christel’s copper dry-point work is not confined by a sheet of paper but aims to go further, with a feeling of movement and rhythm.
With roots in set design and graphics, Christel creates prints that feel alive. Distinguished by strong contrasts between light and shadow, her art shows the influence of her time in Japan and her love of dance. “My job begins in the movement; it springs from the body, it follows its rhythm.”
Christel’s art is as essential a part of Örum 119 as the hotel rooms themselves. It echoes the steady rhythm of our old schoolhouse, the artisanship of the objects we have and use, the activities we undertake and the peacefulness in between.