My artistic practice aims to build a subtle exchange between unconventional non-textile materials and textile techniques with the intention to challenge the traditional distinction between arts and crafts. The work is a continuous exploration of the relationship between the technical capabilities of a particular material, its objective characteristics and potential for use in an artistic communication of an idea in the form of installations commissioned work or a gallery presentation. My work evolves from an extensive knowledge of materials and long-standing fascination with their inherent beauty and individual opportunities - be it discarded objects, various industrially produced textiles and high-tech lighting equipment. Material form and expression are processed through textile techniques in a creative, intuitive process leading to the final work.
The work on installations and sculpture has increased my interest to the man's historical, cultural and economic position in modern society, where topics such as violence, greed and lack of acceptance of other cultures and religions play an extensive role. My use of embedded high-tech elements in several of my works express various feelings from tranquil meditative absorption to breakneck speed and loud colours that follow diurnal rhythm and the natural light and in some cases can be controlled by the viewer.
Among other media Birgit Oestergaard often uses a textile technique to create a complex and understated artistic expression. The materials used may consist of non-textile materials such as rubber, metal, plastic etc. worked up in textile techniques. The most recent finger knitted objects have a strong textile resonance, questioning the prevalent conception of democratic processes. Without light they appear to be fragile - almost graphical objects originated from a single thread.