"Inner Landscapes" Curated by Paul Wiegman
Anyone who has been to Scandinavia knows the unique atmosphere and beauty of its light and overwhelming nature. Not surprisingly, the relationship between space and light has inspired many artists there. This light and landscape also play a major role in the paintings of Swedish artist Malin Persson (b. 1978, Gränna). Especially in memories of the dark Swedish forest landscape from her native region with its hidden paths and mysterious mood. And not to forget the Dutch landscape. A landscape of lines, of sky and water and the inevitable horizon. A landscape she experiences as ‘open’. After all, Persson has been living and working in Amsterdam for more than two decades.
“Remnants of Figuration”, 2023
200 x 150 cm
Ink, oil paint and air brush on canvas
Between abstraction and figuration Persson has a romantic view of ‘the purity of nature’. But her search as an artist for the possibilities of abstraction led her to experiment with hard geometric forms. In a poetic interplay of figuration (the landscape) with geometric structures, lozenge shapes and grids, she convincingly
demonstrates that naturalistic representation and abstraction need not be mutually exclusive. Images of rain and sunlight become abstract images. Winter colors symbolize stillness. As if time stands still for a moment. Short days with little sunlight color the landscape melancholy blue. The landscape, in Persson’s work, is also an inner landscape. The landscape as a memory, in which the parts each tell their own story, and take on their own meaning.
"My work expresses inner images and transformed images"
Royal Award for Modern Painting (Koninklijke Prijs voor Vrije Schilderkunst)
Malin Persson was Resident Artist at the Rijksacademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. In 2007 she won the Royal Award for Modern Painting.
Her work has been exhibited at the GEM (The Hague), Galleri Nils Åberg (Göteborg) and the Örebro Konsthall in Sweden, among others. Her work is included in several public and private collections including the Caldic Collection (Museum Voorlinden), the art collection of DNB, and the AkzoNobel Art Foundation.