Linn Fernström: Changeling
Galerie Forsblom 27.11.2015–10.1.2016
Opening with artist in attendance on 26.11.2015, 17.00–19.00
Magical realism brings animals and human figures to life in the oil paintings and bronze sculptures of Linn Fernström (b. 1974), one of Sweden’s top-ranking contemporary artists. Often using herself as a model, Fernström paints large-scale canvases depicting the artist surrounded by iridescent flowers and exotic creatures.
Fernström’s latest paintings allude to Selma Lagerlöf’s novel The Changeling, a tale of unconditional love and bigotry, themes that are highly relevant to topical issues in society today. Fernstöm’s paintings present parallel realities, the bright hues and intense brushstrokes in the foreground being starkly contrasted with the dream-like, near-vanishing ebb of the background. The theme and mood of her work is likewise riddled with paradoxes: joie de vivre is inexorably tinged with intimations of death, and death is a springboard for new life. The human and animal figures leap out the paintings in the form of bronze sculptures, forming a three-dimensional installation in which the painted images come alive in stripped-down form in the gallery space.
Fernström graduated from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm in 2000. She has held numerous solo exhibitions in Sweden and has taken part in many international group exhibitions in countries such as China and Italy. Changeling is her second exhibition at Galerie Forsblom. Fernström’s works are featured in many prestigious collections including Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Malmö Art Museum, Linköping Art Museum and the Bonniers collection, as well as many private collections. For the past few years the artist has divided her time between Stockholm and New York.