Dea Trier Mørch.
Into the World
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk
– 28 April 2019
Driven by her own experiences, the Danish author and artist Dea Trier Mørch wrote the novel “Vinterbørn” [Winter’s Child] in 1976. This publication made her well-known all over Europe. The Louisana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk is showcasing the linocuts she created on the basis of her novel.
Dea Trier Mørch’s illustrative series deals with everyday scenes from the life of pregnant women and subsequent mothers. While death seemed to be an omnipresent theme in the visual arts, the motif of birth was rarely depicted until the rise of feminist movements in the 1970s – such as the group Røde Mor [Red Mother] co-founded by Trier Mørch.
After studying fine arts at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Trier Mørch lived in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union for a time. In 1968 she returned to Denmark and published her first book about her experiences. But it was only eight years later that she became better known through “Vinterbørn”.
The sensitive yet abstract depiction of human physicality in her work is utterly convincing. What is more, it provides a female view of environments such as a maternity ward. The exhibition shows around ninety works by the artist.