Characteristic of Carin Ellberg’s work is change – a continuous exploration of boundaries, between painting and sculptural objects, between wall and floor, between reality and representation and between the self and the surrounding world. Trains of thought and associations morph into new, evocative visual forms. Her point of departure is to a large extent a series of wayward image worlds, her feeling for unpretentious and unglamorous materials appears to mean that everything can be used – tights, broken toys and second hand clothes. Combined with, say, silicone and bookbinding glue, these often trivial and unassuming objects expand our habitual attitudes to painting and sculpture. Her process is one of a flow of ideas, thoughts and images in constant and unfinished transformation.
In her paintings and sculptures, Ellberg approaches landscape as both an art historical trope and a physical and sensorial place. Featuring softly coloured mounds and cloud shapes, her acrylic paintings resemble gentle, dream- like pastorals. Her mixed media sculptures approach landscape more obliquely, suggesting natural forms through their assemblages of disparate materials and suggestive titles.
Carin Ellberg is one of Sweden’s leading artists, born 1959 and living and working in Stockholm where she received her MFA at the Royal Academy of Art in 1989. Her work is to be found in a wide range of public and private collections and she has made a number of permanent works in the public space.
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