7F (The Bird Catchers) is a painting that take on the complex dynamics between two sisters. It belongs to the series ‘Nord’ and the scenery is in the Faroe Islands.

Two young women are collecting a catch of birds on Kalsoy Island by the Kallur lighthouse. They are both wearing practical clothing. The one sister in the foreground looks out towards us because that is the direction they are both headed. The one behind to the left looks slightly miffed in the direction of her sister suggesting a mix of love and irritation. She is certainly carrying the heavier load.

Kalsoy is part of the Faroe Islands. It is a self-governing archipelago, part of the Kingdom of Denmark. It comprises of 18 rocky, volcanic, islands in the North Atlantic Ocean between Iceland and Norway. The 18 isles are all connected by road tunnels, ferries, causeways and bridges. Hikers and bird-watchers are particularly drawn to the islands’ mountains, valleys and grassy heathland. The steep coastal cliffs harbour many seabirds. The Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula artica grabae) are the most numerous species of bird in the Faroe Islands. An estimated 500.000 pairs of puffins. The Faroese people eat puffins. In fact, along with fish caught at sea, birds and bid eggs have been a matter of survival for the Faroese for centuries. The puffins are typically caught in nets when they fly over cliffs by the sea.

Find more paintings like ‘The Bird Catchers’ in the series Nord.

Title/Titel/Titel/Títolo #7F, Acrylic and oil on canvas/ Akryl und Öl auf Leinwand/Akryl og olie på lærred/acrílico e óleo sobre tela 190x93cm.

7f in situ
faroe islands
puffins 1

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