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“The aMUSEd Project” was born during winter 2015.
Wanting to get out of my confort zone and flipping my process backwards,
I decided to let women choose to be portrayed by me instead of me choosing models.
As previous projects, it was also based upon the idea of setting my own physical and material boundaries: One month. Canvases in one only size, 25×25 cm and painting strictly in black & white.
I called out for faces on social medias and received so many photos. Simple mobile pics, no make up, all different. All revealing.
Below Muses #3, #8, #10, #15, #18, #23, #24, #30 and gathered all great ladies who had the curiosity & courage to trust me. Thank you!
The theme was “meetings” so I created, based on the rounded wall, the geographic location and the theme, an organic painting of two characters where Hand and Eye contact are in focus. Which is what meetings are about.
The picture’s lines and shades of green, grey and blue refer to Piteå’s northern landscape and it’s archipelago. Painted lines that could be, at first sight a map or roads and paths as well as life lines evolving, growing, tagging along parallel and crossing each other, or not at some point.
Two months of sweat & tears cut down to 4 minutes. Over and Out people!
Music: “ÁHPI. wide as oceans”. Courtesy of Sofia Jannok.
And She’s out! THE ICE EMPRESS for ICEHOTEL.
From today, Dec 12. the painting can be seen in the beautiful reception of the world known venue 200 km north of the Arctic Circle…
For the 25 Years celebration of the iconic ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi, my wish was to personalize this magical place with a customized portrait. These are my thoughts behind the paintings…
As each ice block that is harvested from Torne River measures two meters long and one meter thick, the paintings were made that precise same size. Two ice blocks of pure, crystal clear water affected by Day & Night LIGHT, theme for 2015.
The ICEHOTEL is embodied in a Wintery, high powered Lady, watching over the place and surrounded by chosen elements telling a story:
The Torne River, source of the building material that will melt back to the River once the season is over, is pouring through her hands and through both canvases.
An ice crown reminding of the entrance of the hotel and elements such as the polar bear, the wild goose, the snowballs, as seen in earlier Art Suites. The ”studs” from an Icebar, the iceblocks, the collar and the earring, all various elements from previous designs of ICEHOTEL that has been different each time for the past 25 years.
On the Day Light side, painted in shades of intense blue, white and grey you can see the snowflakes, frost, and the particular illuminating, almost blinding, light. On the Night side, the darkness, the nearly black ice blocks and the magical nature phenomenon, Aurora Borealis and it’s breathtaking colors.
Two sides, one Face, The ICE, The Snow, the surroundings and the Northern LIGHT’s impact on them all.
Same but different and unexpectedly complementary…
The painting was created between October 7th and December 3rd. 2014. Material used are acrylics on cotton canvas, mounted on high quality frames of certified timber according to FSC and Rainforest Alliance qualification for responsible wood agriculture. All paintings and frames are assembled inhouse by Amanda Mendiant & Crew.
DLA Play’s Per Morin came to visit a day in September. A couple hours talking cut down to 6 minutes… Well done Per.
I’m bringing Fine Art prints, Tees and goodies from my latest project. There will be original illustrations from Saga-Maria and net (as in metal) sculptures from Johanna…
“Get ENTANGLED in Art”
PopUp Shop & Gallery
Friday 26th Sept. 4 pm- 9 pm.
Textilgatan 31. HammarbySjöstad.
Was about challenging myself by painting, drawing and giving a second life to ordinary or everyday objects… Every single day for an entire month… and I decided to share Day 1 to 30, with you guys (find me on Instagram). Below a couple of them…
So, WHAT exactly LIES BEHIND the Project? These are my thoughts:
“Putting visual and physical bounderies stimulates the creative process and develops inspiration. I had a need to get out of the comfort zone and challenge my ability to create pictures. Yet, another more global aspect was also taken in consideration; Today when we consume more than we can handle, I wanted to paint & draw on used items. Taking everyday objects, old or ugly and make them live a little longer as beautiful, interesting or funny. A private seeking process that I chose to share because I believe that Inspiration should be given and taken. That it goes over frontiers and applies to whatever lies closer to your heart whether You paint, sing, dance, write, act or being any kind of Creator. Enjoy and keep whatever catches your eye, mind or heart.”