Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Wednesday Artist: Karin Mamma Andersson

Being an artist is to go around in circles
in different directions.
~ Karin Mamma Andersson

Sweden's Karin Mamma Andersson calls figurative painting and drawing her "first language" but also hard work. In her 2015 interview below, which includes a generous number of her remarkable artworks, Andersson talks about her artistic sensibility, her approach to her work, which she likens to an archeological dig, and her creative development.

(Andersson was interviewed in Stockholm, where she lives and works, by Christian Lund for the Louisiana Channel.)

Internationally recognized, Andersson is the recipient of a Carnegie Art Award (2006), has exhibited in the Venice Biennale (2003, Nordic Pavilion), and shown her work in Ireland, Germany, Norway, England, the United States, and elsewhere. Her deeply expressive work, which features evocative landscapes and private, domestic interiors, as well as references to Nordic and folk art and film, can be found in a number of museum collections, including those of the Dallas Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, and Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (all United States), and Goteborgs Konstmuseum, Malmo Konstmuseum, Moderna Museet, and Vasteras Konstmuseum (all Sweden).

Images of Andersson's work also appear at ArtNetThe GuardianPainter on Paintings, and The Paris Review.

Read other interviews with Karin Mamma Andersson online at BOMB and NY Arts magazine.

Among other articles about Andersson, see, especially: "Imagining Women's Lives in Painted Dreams" at Broadly (2016).

Books about the artist include Mamma Andersson: Dog Days (Kerber, 2012), Mamma Andersson (Aspen Art Press, 2011), Mamma Andersson & Jockum Nordstrom: Who Is Sleeping on My Pillow (David Zwirner Books, 2010), Mamma Andersson: Cry (Douglas Hyde Gallery, 2008), and Karin Mamma Andersson (Steidl & Moderna Museet, 2007). The books generally are available via re-sellers.

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