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KATARINA ELVIRA GUDRUNSDOTTER – THE NATURE OF LOVE

5.4.–12.5.2019
MUU Gallery
Lönnrotinkatu 33, Helsinki, Finland
Open: Tue – Fri 12-17, Sat – Sun 12-16

image: Katarina Elvira Gudrunsdotter

 

Katarina Elvira Gudrunsdotter creates temporary experimental installations that explore the existential issues of our time. Examining layers of consciousness through matter, rhythm and movement, the works invite the viewer to participate in a spatial event that reflects on the state of the world.

Katarina Elvira Gudrunsdotter’s creative work is inspired by poetry, psychology, philosophy, mysticism and natural elements. She uses everything from traditional artistic materials to objects found on her daily walks. The materials embody a history characterised by the forces of nature or manual craft.

Opening ceremony on Friday, 5 April 2019, from 17:00–19:00. Welcome!

The Nature of Love is a profound conversation between roots of fallen oak trees, pine stumps, driftwood, poetry and photographs in ancient frames, couched in the form of an installation.

Relations between humanity, nature and human bonds is part of Katarina Elvira Gudrunsdotter’s artistic exploration. One of the works in the installation is The Mourning Turtle-Dove, inspired by an eponymous book of poems by Swedish writer Hedvig Charlotta Nordenflycht (1718–1763). The poem was written when Nordenflycht was mourning the death of her husband. Other components in The Nature of Love borrow words from marriage vows about togetherness, in which the fragility of the bond establishes parallels with our inescapable relationship with nature.

When Katarina Elvira Gudrunsdotter completed her Master’s degree at Edinburgh College of Art, her degree exhibition (2017) included a piece called Peripatetic Poem. It was an installation composed of plastic objects found along the west coast of Sweden, an incorporated interlocking parts named Nest, Take Me Home, Take Me Away and Passage.

Among the influences from Western art history in Katarina Elvira Gudrundotter’s work includee the Arte Povera movement and feminist avant-garde. She works in a studio surrounded by pine trees south of Gothenburg, and has since her graduation has worked in a number of residences. Most of the photographs in The Nature of Love installation were created in collaboration with the Margaux Bricler during their stay at ViaFarini, Milan, 2018.

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