Art house Messen, Ålvik, Norway
Kunstnarhuset Messen, Ålvik, Norge


IMG_2952Search, was the working title for the work in progress, a project that began in Messen, and became a project called Tea-time.
Every day, walking, collecting branches, thinking, building ….
My stay at the residence, was a meeting with myself, learning and reflection of my life experiences, a quiet place, peace and concentration.


Meeting new artists, sharing excursions contact with nature..
Thank you very much to all the family of Messen, for making my stay an unforgettable experience.

That moment of rest, a pause , thoughts, dreams …
Each tea bag, a leaf, a dream.

Connection with myself, with nature, like a language close to the spirit and essence of things (a fallen leaf in the autumn wind, returning to life a branch). Draw sculptures in empty space, weaving new realities within other. Every corner , a stop along the way is a laboratory of experimentation, questioning, learning …

Works that are adapted to the exhibition space, a game projected on the wall shadows, the very transparent rice paper, which allows us to see very subtle inside the bags of paper, twigs found in nature, in this case, found in the environment close the residence , Messen.

We weave our own dreams, a new habitat.


About my objectives :
I’m interested in the combination between ARTIST RESEARCH and ARTIST EDUCATION.To investigate the way between Architectural + Sculpture  = “Archisculture” , New architectural forms with organic materials and ephemeral works.

Integration with the landscape. Nature as a laboratory for experimentation, discovery, learning ..
Construction and deconstruction.
Playing with the concept inside and outside.
Bring small parts of nature back to life.
Through recycling as a way …, creating pieces as from paper, other than materials found at the site ..Bring small parts of nature back to life.
Hands as my instrument, knotting with our hands as the birds make their nests, intersect one another, Knitting with wire….
We weave our own dreams, a new habitat.

Paola Ruiz Moltó

Paola (Spain) was a guestartist in Messen from september until november 2013.







“Activity carried out with the help of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, Spain” /
” Actividad realizada con la ayuda del Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte, España”

March 4, 2014

Ålvik in November

The three most important things about Alvik in November are: weather, rocks and darkness..

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My favourite bad weather


Artist in residency Messen

My favourite rock


Artist in residency Messen November

My favourite darkness

Natalia Zaluska, Poland, artist in residency Messen, November 2013.

January 6, 2014
Ålvik in November


For me my stay at Messen represented my first trip to Norway. I didn’t know what to expect when I arrived in Alvik but soon found myself enjoying all the aspects of small town life in Norway.


We played bingo… and won! 300kr!

Me with Fish

We went fishing… and caught fish!

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And of course we enjoyed the lovely landscape.

My stay here wasn’t just about enjoying the fjords and clean air but to document what life is like today. For eight years I have been traveling around Europe photographing how the continent and its people are changing.

When I came to Messen I thought it was important to try and gain access to the Bjølvefossen factory. Over one hundred years old, the factory is the reason Alvik exists and still employs many of the people here While I was warned it would be difficult to get inside I was lucky enough to meet a local employee to helped me with my project and I spent two days photographing inside.

I thought it was important to give a view inside this local institution to those who otherwise might never see what happens as they work their magic and turn rock and coal into metal.



I also began the process of doing interviews with current and former factory workers including 94-year-old Harald Vollestad who worked in the factory for 51 years. Having an opportunity to speak with him about his experiences was one of the highlights of my trip.

I hope to partner with the Industrial Museum here in Alvik and return to do more oral history interviews. Until then I will remember my time at Messen fondly.

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Damaso Reyes USA, Nov-dec 2013

Damaso Reyes and Diane Sylvester from New York, where residencies at Kunstnarhuset Messen from the end of October until December 2013.

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January 5, 2014