Inger Johanne Rasmussen

b. 1958

"Like most girls of my generation, I grew up learning to sew and knit and I remember loving it. Therefore I see my development as an artist as a long uninterrupted line, from my first cross stitch monogram at aged five, to today, when I sit with my needle and thread five decades later. For me, the artistic process involves choosing one of my many favorite patterns and entering into a dialogue with it, enhancing and modifying it, playing with colour and dimension, ultimately finding space for my own stories during the working process."

Inger Johanne Rasmussen is one of Norway’s most prolific textile artists renowned for her large-scale textile works. Inspired by the Bizarre style (applied in the early 17th century to small textile patterns and sampling) and the Swedish abstract painter Hilma af Klint, she continuously references ancient textile traditions to express a contemporary narrative. Her work spans a broad visual range in terms of motif, colour, tone and pattern through which she creates her unique pictorial stories. Everything is hand-stitched while the artist herself dyes most of the fabrics.

Her subject matter varies from the purely abstract to poetic floral compositions comprising ornaments, flowers, leaves, and geometrical figures. 


Inger Johanne Rasmussen lives and works in Oslo.

Her work is held in several national public collections in Norway including the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design and the Oslo Museum of Decorative Art while she has completed commissions for Norwegian embassies in Buenos Aires, Singapore and Riga. She has also exhibited her work in Japan, Poland, England, Thailand and Germany. 

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