Spirit of Place: Landscapes of Identity

Plains Art Museum, Fargo, North Dakota, 2005

Kathryn Lipke, detail “Spirit of Place”

“Spirit of Place”, was inspired by Lipke Vigesaa’s experiences on the upper Great Plains, the place of her childhood, and her adult sojourns to the northern edge of Norway and the Barents Sea, the home of her ancestors, and her desire to represent nature. Lipke’s artwork is nurtured by her belief that we must recognize and acknowledge our connections to the natural world and strive for a more lasting and harmonious alliance if we are to survive”.


“The art of Lipke Vigesaa has long been known for its inventive forms and consummate craftsmanship. The deceptively simple looking sculptures are anything but, and exhibit an engaging physicality or presence. The work is predominantly abstract, typically hand-made, using natural materials of wood or paper, with the contemporary inclusion of electronics. The artist’s spare simplicity of form permits her an emphasis on the processes of both nature and art as well as recognizing the modernist’s axiom of truth to materials.” edited  comments, Rusty Freeman, VP of Curatorial and Education, Plains Art Museum, Fargo, North Dakota

installation “Spirit of Place: landscapes of identity”