Spår av liv i ett stycke materia I

Spår av liv i ett stycke materia I


Artist: Johanna Arvidsson
Editions: 10
Size: 50x70 cm
Technique: Print

About the piece
Spår av liv i ett stycke materia I, is part of a series of three drawings. The drawings are made in Lima, Peru, and are based on skeletons from the Natural History Museum in Lima. They formed an installation in the group exhibition Todo lo que necesitas ahora está a Perú, that took place in an old house in Barranco, Lima 2016. The installation was also shown at the solo exhibition Spår av liv i ett stycke materia, at Gallery Mors Mössa in Gothenburg 2016. The drawings are inspired by the history of the body and the metaphors that have been used through the ages to refer to the body and its fragility, such as Vanitas symbolism, an art genre that wanted to show the transience of life. The Natural History Museum is a place Arvidsson goes to to gather inspiration for her art. These museums, are often from an older era and life is staged in an atmosphere that is musty and old. The skeletons she found reminds her about the Vanitas symbolism and skeletons testify about death but in a position that imitates life. The original drawings that the prints are made of, are 56×76 cm. Spår av liv i ett stycke materia I has a thin white margin around the motif.

About the artist
Johanna Arvidsson (b. 1983) is educated at the MFA (Master of Fine Arts) program of Valand Academy, and is based in Gothenburg. Arvidsson tries to approach experiences that is not always presented in the world around us, such as depression and mental illness, but also the body’s aging and thoughts about death are part of the themes that interest her. For her, the truth has nothing to do with words, but our society is structured so that we have to use words to communicate and point to “the truth”. A starting point for Arvidsson’s work is to find other means of expression to handle these subjects, she does this mostly with drawing as a medium. She is interested in historical approaches to life and death, including how this is presented in culture. She also studies melancholy as the oldest form of mental illness. At the moment she looks at melancholy of all time – mainly from a female perspective, this study she works with parallel to studying the historical presentation of the female body in areas such as the history of painting and medicine.

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