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Shipping Sweden–Madrid: Pieces of Memory (2018)

For this exhibition I have compiled a series of paintings inspired by the family’s summerhouse in Färgenäs, Hemsjö, outside Alingsås. It is not an anthology but a broad selection. In Shipping Sweden – Madrid: Pieces of Memory, presented in the showroom of the Main Post Office building in Madrid, you will find my childhood’s summer reminiscences that explain the Swedish influence in a great part of my work.
The exhibition shows the Swedish influence in my work and how the cultural contrasts between Spain and Sweden have been important for my personal and artistic evolution. The Vuela Pluma Ediciones art gallery in Madrid showed a smaller version in May 2017.
The summers of my childhood, full of colours, with the saturated light after rain that you can observe in Nordic artists such as Zorn, Christian Krohg, Erik Werenskiold or Krøyer. Already as a little girl, those colours kept me spellbound, and when in September in the 60’s and the 70’s we came back to the faded Spanish life, I chose the Nordic fertility as my reference.
This sort of spiritual aspect of the objects rescued when Färgenäs was sold is what conforms Pieces of Memory, an emotional puzzle inherent to my painting; the Scandinavian light, orange with complementing shadows, an atmosphere of daily life with intimate feelings concerning freedom, beauty, time going by, loneliness or waiting.
I invite you to taste an important part of my work with a WELCOME ! As my grandmother used to say when we arrived to Sweden.

Oficina Principal de Correos de Madrid – Palacio de Comunicaciones
Paseo del Prado, 1, 28014 Madrid
Inauguration on Thursday 7th of June, 2018, at 7:00 pm
From 7th – 30th of June, 2018

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