Pierre Lionel Matte

Norway 2.0

Painted original Norwegian Passport (1976). 2014
size 9 x 12.5 cm

The work comments on the growing economical prosperity since the 1970’s of the Norwegian state and Norwegians in general due to the oil-production, and the strengthened notion of importance in international affairs and business caused by this economical development.

The artists own old passport has been restored, “updated”,  to suit this situation better:
The text tells about the process of "renovation" ; The old passport was treated with several layers of putty, stopper, paint, synthetic leather, oil paint, gold-paint and varnish.