Louise Butler was recently living and working in Bergen, Norway, where she graduated from KHiB with an MFA in 2017. Director and curator of the most remote art gallery in Norway, situated on top of the mountain, Galleri Kronborg. She graduated with a BA from NCAD in 2006 and has been showing regularly in and around Ireland since 2004. Solo shows includes Finders of Islands in Ballina Arts Centre, Co Mayo and Journey to Nimbus in Talbot Gallery, Dublin.
My methods of investigation take form in multidisciplinary areas, as my practice flows between painting, sculpture and performance. I have always been drawn to and intrigued by the natural environment, dramatic scenery of majestic landscape, mountains, islands and the surrounding elements. Norway in my view is the ideal location for the adventure tourist finding the monumental view of natural beauty in all its harshness and wonderment.
I am a tourist who strives for a unique landscape. For many of us, the relationship we have with nature is ambivalent. It is present in our everyday life, even in vast quantities in some countries and it seems our access to nature is boundless. This work is about the view of nature from within society.
I anticipate points of conflict in my/our landscape related to commercialisation . Nature as commodity is transformed into a spectacle to admire from very close. The idyllic land has now been framed for us. Landscape is the object to be consumed.