Jette Thyssen

Jette Thyssen tries to express the experience of the surroundings in a specific design language, where all details are concentrated on the essentials. A Native American rug, painted on red, white and black skins, which she saw at the Ethnographic Museum in Rome, gave her the impetus to make a weave, and on her later studies she was further inspired by the art of ancient indigenous cultures. In the carpets, she translates visual impressions into compositions, made up of geometric figures. The themes are infinitely varied, and the same elements are constantly finding new balance. The circle, square, rectangle and triangle are continuous motifs, in pure, clear primary colors, yellow, red and blue, on black and gray background. In addition to the inspiration of naturalists and ancient cultures, Egyptians, Etruscans and Native Americans, she is also inspired by nature, as many of the titles also suggest. Jette was born in the countryside, and it is often the memory of her childhood landscapes that inspires. The round shapes are often the sun, the horizontal and vertical divisions can be the horizon and the bottom of the fjord. One of her motifs is the blue fjord and the glowing red sun that descends into the black forests on the other side. The landscape is not directly recognisable in the works, but her perception of it emerges. In the 1960s, Jette Thyssen worked with etchings, but after staying at Atelier 17 in Paris she began to make screen printing and later also included painting as a medium. She has also worked with metal reliefs and designed ryat rugs.