About me

Contact information:

info@elinhedberg.se

 

 

Artist Statement

 

In my artistic practice, I work with items we already know – items we know how to lift, to hold and to use. We do not think about it, we just do it. I am working with vessels like the bowl, the vase and the teapot. I explore how to change the way we look at them and handle them by making the objects massive or by closing them up so that the viewer can no longer see how they are supposed to be approached. In this way, we cannot tell if the objects are heavy or light, if they are upside down or right side up or how to hold them. By making these changes, I hope that viewers will spend time with the objects to reflect upon and understand them. I believe that we have to experience an object with all our senses, not only with our eyes, to understand it. Even if the “teapot” might look like a teapot, we cannot be sure whether it is a teapot or not until we have walked around it, lifted it up and felt its weight and form in our hands.

 

I mainly work with metal and wood using various techniques, which are all an important part of my process. The different techniques provide the objects with tactile qualities, changing the way they are experienced. This is important for how the object feels in the hands of the person touching it. My practice includes building larger installations that represent situations that we can recognize or settings that change the way we usually look at and experience the objects.

 

Time is essential in my work process, and I want the audience to spend some time sensing and reflecting upon my works. I have chosen how the objects appear and want to share with others that experience which is more meeting that merely looking. The objects do not reveal everything at first glance, they want you to come closer.

CV

 

Education

2013-2015 Oslo Nation Academy of the Arts, MFA, Art and craft, Oslo

2010-2013 Oslo Nation Academy of the Arts, BA, Metalwork and jewellery, Oslo

2008-2010 Leksands Folkhögskola, Metal design and silversmithing, Leksand, Sweden

2007-2008 Nyckelviksskolan, Metal design and craft, Stockholm

 

Exhibitions

2016 Kraft, Bergen

2016 Structure, w/Norwegian Crafts, Milan

2015 Jubileumsutstilling, BRUDD, Oslo

2015 Windowexhibition, BRUDD, Oslo

2015 Punktutstilling, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo

2015 Marzee International Graduate Show, Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

2015 MFA Graduate Show, National Academy of the Arts, Oslo

2014 Happy Family, Galleri Seilduken, Oslo

2014 In Medias Res, MA1-show, Søylegalleriet, Oslo

2013 Bachelor degree show in visual art, Nation Academy of the Arts, Oslo

2012 Beskydd, Galleri Seilduken, Oslo

2012 Course based exhibition, Galleri Seilduken, Oslo

2011 Processing, Galleri Seilduken, Oslo

2011 Our daily bread, Nation Academy of the Arts, Oslo

2011 Work In Progress, Nation Academy of the Arts, Oslo

2010 You Wanna Piece Of Me, Nation Academy of the Arts, Oslo

2010 Kalejdoskop, Dalarnas Museum, Falun, Sweden

2010 Kalejdoskop, Galleri Hagman, Stockholm

2010 Både&., Leksands kulturhus, Leksand, Sweden

2009 Fritt&Galet, Leksands kulturhus, Leksand, Sweden

2008 Spring exhibition, Nyckelviksskolan, Lidingö, Sweden

2008 Stockholm Furniture Fair, Älvsjö, Sweden

 

Grants and prizes

2015 Student prize, The Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts (NK), Norway

2015 BKH kunststudentstipend, Bildende Kunstneres Hjelpefond (BKH), Norway

2015 Diversestipend for nyutdannede kunstnere, Arts Council Norway

 

Other

2012, 2013, 2015 Assistant for Ingjerd Hanevold