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Nicolai Freberg

MA work

I´ve got 99 Dogs, but my Bitch ain´t one

"I´ve got 99 Dogs, but my Bitch ain´t one"  is more than anything made with the motivation to make my dog important. 

The project is produced on the fundamental thought that there are both painterly and graphic marks I cannot produce by my own hand. But only by the help from circumstances and tools that robs me of some artistic skill and pretense. This can hopefully give me a degree of the unexpected and the ambiguous. I have had as a goal to achieve a situation where the viewer has to construct their own figurative world, by letting the figurative be on the far margins of what is considered concrete description. This ambiguity is then tightened up by a pattern composed by a figurative element. This pattern hopes to bring back the concrete and mundane. That is to say; any pattern on a piece of cloth will hopefully bring associations to the decorative and homely, and the fact that this is nothing but canvas and not an illusion. 

The pattern is made on the premise of what one can say with the individual picture. This basic negation of the individual in the etching, which represents my dead dog “Fant”, seeks to find new meaning as coded message where the meaning of a dog's lifespan and the dog as individual is dealt with. At the same time the dog in the etching is described in the tradition of old german church art, where the pathetic and sad can evoke humor and sympathy. The Symbol of the dog is made into a choreography. 


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Print, 2017