“Samurai mounts, the third day”
by Siri Bjerke
Samurai mounts, the third day is made of granite, which
has been partly polished and partly rough-hewn. The partially unprocessed surface helps to challenge the public’s perception of how a ”finished” sculpture should look. The sculpture depicts a moose
and it looks as though the animal is undergoing a metamorphosis: It is on its way to burst up and
out of the stone.
The sculpture requires respect for the material’s own quality and substance while the figure advances from the material, in order for us to see what the stone is supposed to portray. The stone can speak its own language. Simultaneously, a few traits point to the animal’s reality.
The artworks of Bjerke, especially Samuraiens ridedyr, den tredje dagen, are strongly inspired by fairytales, stories and myths. The meaning presupposes recognition of the imitated, but the imitation must surrender to contemplation and obedience to the new that breaks with the traditional.
The size and shape of the sculpture welcomes physical contact. Children are an important audience for Bjerke: She wants them to get inspired to fantasize. To freely act out their own stories associated with animal motifs and to ”want to get on it and ride into an exciting and unknown wonderland”.