from 'The People And The Things' 2015

from 'The People And The Things' 2015

About

Artist from the Faroe Islands, working and living between The Faroe Islands, Scotland and England

Contact

silja.stroem@gmail.com

Statement

Working somewhere between the abstract and the figurative, my practice consists of playful exercises in painting, sculpture and writing. Looking at everyday objects, I attempt to pair down meaning and representation. Creating gradual and oblique patterns, I find repetition interesting, not just as a reflection of everyday minutiae, but as a technique that highlights its variation and its incremental gain. Used as a tool alongside scale, reciprocity and simultaneity, it highlights its verisimilar contribution to a fictional environment.

Often combining two and three dimensional artworks, I constantly negotiate the following antagonisms:

  • opacity vs transparency

  • gesture vs facture

  • semblance vs objecthood

  • chroma vs contrast

  • subject vs object

  • chance vs composition

  • indexical presence vs anonymous execution

Creating surfaces for these antagonisms to play out, rouses a number of questions:

  • What does it mean to create work that is conscious of its own physical and ideological limitations?

  • Do fictional environments affect how we interact and assign prominence?

Rousing questions about it mean to create work that is conscious of its own physical and ideological limitations. And wheter fictional environments affect how we interact and assign prominence. Rather than answering these questions explicitly, I approach these issues from three directions: observational, interpretive, and commentary - mirroring the broad nuance that exists in human and environmental relationships. By performing subtle play on decadent impulses, serial reduction and formal restraint, I attempt to show that formalism is not countless. I pose that material condition carry significant weight. A stable alloy of sensibilities is unified in an art work’s form as content, and suggests that these opposites share affinities as much as they share contradictions.