The Museum had fabricated an 8 foot by 8 foot flat wooden structure which they suspended from the ceiling with wire cables. It swung a little bit, which made me a little dizzy. My job was to arrange and hang these crocheted elements from this structure. Jorge and I became fast friends with Lisa Rehsteiner, and her brother Georg.
They were Swiss, living in Spain. Lisa also had a huge installation piece entitled Mirage, which she had to mount on the wall and stretch out into space. We all had many days and hours in the museum to install these pieces. We also befriended Kjell Mardon Gunvaldsen, who was teaching me to speak his language. All I remember was tak, thank you (?). It was pretty mind blowing for me, meeting people from all over the world.
There is an article that was published in October 1975, by Virginia West in Craft Horizons Magazine, (now American Craft). To my delight, and amazement a photo of my work is on the opposite page from Magdalena's. Some stats about the composition of this show mentioned in this article: 65 artists represented 20 countries among which were
11 American, including
Maria van Blaaderen
Lisa Rehsteiner (native Swiss living in Spain)
Olga de Amaral (Colombia)
Ruta Bogustova (U.S.S.R.)
Peter and Ritzi Jacobi (Germany)
They would lock down the museum for lunch between 12 and 2. All the workers in their cobalt blue jumpsuits would vacate the building. One day the four of us went out in the plaza where there was a farmers market. We bought bread, cheese pears and fruit, and brought it back into the museum, and got locked in, so we could work those extra two hours. We sat in my forest and made up all kinds of composed sandwiches and bizarre combinations, you can well imagine.
One nite, for comic relief and rest, we went to a movie in the town of Lausanne. I remember being totally embarrassed that I didn’t laugh at the appropriate comedic moments. The converse of that was weeks later, in Paris where I was watching an American film with French subtitles. I laughed way before anyone else in entire the theatre, now feeling embarrassed from the other direction!
The vernissage was enormous, fun and scary. There they all were, the famous Sheila and Magdalena. Jacoda literally did say to me, You must come to my villa in Dubrovnik. She was jovial, and very fun. It was easy to tell that this woman was a rascal. I felt young, inexperienced, unworldly, and all agog. Definitely not hip slick and cool, like the older more experienced. I was thinking, maybe I should be 42, like most of them. I might fit in a little better.
I came home to have 2 signed purchase orders for commissions. Tune in tomorrow for part 4