My Darlings – Irene Myran

Irene Myran (b. 1948) has created a completely new series of works for her solo exhibition at SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum. Through colourful and voluptuous compositions, she traverses the fields of both textile art and painting to explore new combinations of patterns and figurative images.

Ever since she, as a child, played hide-and-seek at Oslo’s Museum of Cultural History, Myran has been fascinated by the world’s visual abundance. The stimuli for several of her newest works are objects she has collected through many years of travelling: figurines, postcards, boxes and other materials with pictures or patterns. Myran combines nostalgic and imaginative elements with a striking visual abundance; she juxtaposes elements from textile history with the objects and motifs to which she has a strong connection. She thus shows a will to experiment with new visual combinations as well as an interest in objects and stories from times past.

Irene Myran (b. 1948) studied textile printing at Statens Håndverks og Kunstindustriskole (SHKS) in Oslo from 1968-73. After graduating from art school, Myran became involved in the artist agitations in 1974. At the time, Norwegian artists working in different fields banded together to focus attention on disparities in their right to apply for grants and in their living and working conditions. Since then Myran has continued to work for women’s career opportunities and to increase the status of textile art. To this end, she has for many years been an active representative for the Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts (NK). Since moving to Kristiansand in 1988, she has been part of the art scene in Kristiansand and the Agder region, also producing several public commissions for the region. Throughout her artistic practice, she has participated in numerous group exhibitions and liberally shared her knowledge with others through workshops and educational programs.

Irene Myran is represented in the collections of SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Art Museums of Bergen (West Norway Museum of Decorative Art) and The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design (Museum of Decorative Arts and Design)