ARTIST STATEMENT

I am a Swedish artist currently based in Norway where I'm currently studying at bachelor programme in Fine Art at the 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.

A few years ago virtual elements started taking form in my painting practice. It then started to become clear to me that it wasn't just the finished image that gave the work its final meaning but also the time spent creating it. If it was just the aesthetics I was after then I could have stopped after making the photographic manipulation that I use as a sketch and just called that a finished artwork. The material and medium suddenly becomes vastly important for what I am looking to achieve. Through a highly saturated colour palette and classical painting compositions I've been looking to create a contrast. A juxtaposition. The absurdness 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. I'm searching for that instant moment of time in the virtual world to become something lasting and to create movement in a stillness. What would happen if certain things were to be removed? By spending hours, days, weeks and sometimes even months on these depictions of computer irregularities I strive to capture the beauty in the failed.

In an online world where everyone is connected at all times and everything is Instant. 1 - 2- 3 - Click! Post. Where an image may be lasting forever and ever 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. Google reports 24 billion selfies were uploaded in 2015.

By using a time consuming medium such as oil painting and by referencing contemporary digital imagery together with classical portrait painting I highlight questions regarding representations of human beings in imagery. What it means and what it meant. How it’s changed and it’s similarities. I’m looking to slow down this fast-paced society of image flow going a million miles per hour.

 

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