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Looking for Northern Lights ll

2018

Single piece Signed Dated Titled

1

Size

80 x 80 x 4 cm
31.50 x 32 x 1.57 in

Reference

251e02e8

Year

2018

Medium

Paintings

Words from the artist about the concept; Laponia “Looking for Northern Lights” wich this artworks is a part of.

This summer and fall, I had the chance to do an Art Residency in the North of Sweden, in a little village called Västra Örträsk in the region of Lapland. Here started a new body of work, inspired by the light, the sky, the colours, the nature and the people of Laponia.

I had always dreamed about the particular atmosphere and luminosity you have in this area, the fantastic skies and surrounded brightness you can see. But the experience was even better then my dreams. I felt litterally in love with the skies and the clouds, the landscapes and the nature, the manifold shades and hues, the inhabitants and the incredible surrounding serenity. I had never experienced landscapes so wide that the sky could embrace you, that the colours surrounded you totally and that nothing could stop your race, your vision, your dreams. A feeling of freedom that touched me deeply.

The skies and their unique and ever changing design have always inspired me and are the basis of my artistic work. This particular light and these skies that never get dark even during the winter, the reflections in the frozen lakes, the albescent horizon and the indigo sunset, every moment was highly inspiring for me. The paintings I made are a tribute to Lapland, to the savage swedish landscapes, to my home country. They express my admiration and fascination for the Northern skies and lights and the silence of the nights in Laponia.

The dreams are a very important part of my work and my life. Spending time looking for the Northern Ligths was a magical experience. My purpose is not to tell a story, it is about a dream that came true and to encourage involvement and imagination by providing the viewers with an intangible and emotional experience.

With this body of work I want to invite the viewers to an immaterial world filled with serenity and hope, to embrace them with the particular atmosphere of Laponia, make them travel, dream and spur their desire of exploration and freedom.

1977 Paris, France

I was raised between Stockholm, Sweden and southern France. Since childhood, I have felt divided between the introspective, solitary culture of the vast Swedish landscapes and the more emotive character of the French. My work embodies this personal sense of ambivalence. I have built a visual trope about interiority, introspection and how mental process can bring about greater communal expressiveness.

In my work I try to offer a painterly meditation on the human psyche, drawing upon my experiences with the landscapes of Sweden and France. My work is meant to foster individual introspection through the use of abstract, haptic forms and a limited color palette. I am interested in ideas of interiority and how the individual relates to the collective in an increasingly isolated world. I try to encourage critical self examination of and reflection by providing the viewers with an intangible and emotional experience.

I began painting at an early age, always attuned to the ways that color and light merged with thought itself. My abstract paintings are a personal expression of my fascination for colors and forms, skies and landscapes, the northern light and the southern brightness. The paintings are only made of pigments that I smash and smear on the canvas. My process is physical and tactile, engaging all of my body and senses. I paint laying on the floor, I need to feel near and part of the painting, working from the four sides, walking around the canvas and literally being in the painting.
I put coat after coat of pigments, trying to bring up the best of every tint, its deepness, vibrations, force and sensibility. The gesture is intense and specific, the pace high, the composition completed in my mind, the work is made in one sitting and the degrees of separation between feeling and fullfilment are narrow. This type of process that vacillates between structure and intuition is comparable to the primitive dances, where the orchestrated movements are countered by spontaneity and chance.

I am moved by color relationships, but I don’t want my pictures appreciated solely for their spectral qualities. I want to express my feelings rather than illustrate them and I want my paintings to be highly expressive, conveying strong emotional content. I’m interested in expressing strong emotions and deep feelings, creating a meaningful dialogue with the spectators. With my work I want to immerse and envelop the viewers in a particular atmosphere, filled with emotions and thoughts, and encourage introspection and critical reflection.


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