Artist Camilla Engström creates vibrant, joyful paintings that address beauty ideals and climate change. After growing up between Sweden and China, Engström moved to New York to study fashion at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Ultimately, she changed course, left school, and began painting as a way to reflect on and process personal events.
Through her painting, Engström developed Husa, a pink, playful, full-bodied character. She is a manifestation of Engström’s alter ego, and a rejection of the tall, thin figures she had become accustomed to drawing in fashion school. Husa appears frequently throughout Engström’s work, in an imaginary world where she nurtures the land with her maternal energy.