Roses (Undercover, Explorer, Sexy Red)

Cast aluminum
6 x 4 m. 


Installationview, Roskilde Festival (Roskilde, DK)
Photos by Jenny Sundby.

Site-specific installation for Roskilde Festival in collaboration with Art Hub Copenhagen as part of Residency To-Go 2023, with support from the Danish Arts Foundation and The Danish Art Workshops.

“Roskilde Festival is a site for first loves, flings and heartaches, all those rosy clichés. “Roses (Undercover, Explorer, Sexy Red)” offers the festival-goers a point of navigation inspired by the vane on the roof. The flower is translated from physical matter into digital drawing and back again - aluminum casts of different types of roses: “Undercover”, “Explorer” and “Sexy Red”.

Roses mean everything and nothing. With connotations ranging from exquisite to tacky, roses are used for courtships, apologies and funerals. They adorn both lingerie and tombstones. Roses are tossed onto the stage as a way for an audience to visibly say thanks for a superb performance.

The thorny rose is often humanised as a femmes fatale - the blossom attracts, but careful now! In Grimm’s “Sleeping Beauty”, an enchanted princess sleeps for 100 years while unsuccessful suitors die miserable deaths pierced by the hedge of thorny rose bushes that grows thick around her tower - "until at last the whole castle was hidden from view, and nothing of it could be seen but the vane on the roof”. 

Curatorial support by Thea Møller Jensen.