ARTIST STATEMENT

I am a Swedish artist currently based in Norway where I've recently graduated from the bachelor programme in Fine Art at Bergen Academy of Art & Design.

A big part of my painting practice revolves around digital expressions. I'm interested in the virtual world in contemporary society and refer frequently to digitization, photography, censorship and digital manipulation in my paintings, but photography is also an important part of the preparatory work and the process.

An image may be everlasting in a database somewhere in cyberspace, but at the same time drowning in a sea of selfies and disappearing in the crowd. Scroll. Like. Share. Forget. In an online world where everyone is connected at all times and everything is instant, I’m looking to slow down this fast-paced society of image flow going a million miles per hour.

By using a traditional method of making art that has such a long history of visual culture behind it and putting it in a context of the new digital spaces, I aim to put the two different image forms in a dialogue with each other. I endeavor to find something interesting happening in the transformation from a digital photograph to the completed painting and investigate what happens along the way in the process of moving information from one medium to another. 

Through a highly saturated colour palette and classical painting compositions and poses, I've been looking to create a contrast. A juxtaposition. The absurdity of spending time on something that is supposed to be a millisecond of mechanical error. Making the unwanted something that I want. Giving the malfunction a function. Giving a meaning to the error. I'm searching for that instant moment of time in the virtual world to become something lasting and to create movement in stillness. By spending hours, days, weeks and sometimes even months on these depictions of computer irregularities, I strive to capture the beauty in the failure.

After all, I guess it all comes down to time in the end: Time spent preparing. Time spent creating. Time as a subject. Time vs. Time. A 70's jumpsuit in a renaissance pose with modern day Photoshop glitching makes the aspect of time contradictory. The past and the present together as one.