Stasis brings together works from three recent series by the Danish artist Trine Søndergaard exploring stillness and introspection. Interior, shot in several abandoned Danish manors, offers clear associations with 19th century Danish painting in the acute awareness and rendering of light. Strude began at a local museum on a small Danish island. Søndergaard was intrigued by the mask-like hoods on display called 'strude', traditionally worn by women to protect their faces against the elements.
The artist explores what happens when the meeting between the gaze of the subject and the viewer is deflected and denied. This mental space of seclusion is even more pronounced in Guldnakke, in which young women wear gold embroidered bonnets from the mid 1800s, popular among the wives of Denmark's wealthy farmers. With the detail afforded by large formats, Søndergaard accentuates and unites the oppositional qualities of the soft skin of the girls' napes and the hard metal threads of the embroidery.