Born 1962, Luleĺ, Sweden
Lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden
Mamma Andersson's paintings welcome us into comfortable domestic interiors, lush
landscapes, and cozy genre scenes just enough to allow their otherworldly air to take
hold. Familiarity gives way to mystery as skewed perspectives, irreconcilable spaces,
and the impossible coexistence of circumstances penetrate our consciousness. This air
of the supernatural is reinforced by Andersson's technique, as thickly layered paint
is juxtaposed with loosely washed areas with deliberately effaced edges. In many of
Andersson's works, images of recognizable paintings by other artists are peculiarly
placed accessories. In Stairway to the Stars, the ladder-like arrangement of canvases
that floats upward before swirling mountains and a black sky includes works by Manet,
Hopper, Monet, Gauguin, and Peter Doig, whose large, dream-like landscapes are on view
in a nearby gallery. These pictures within pictures seem to give us a view to a dimension
beyond the present, an entire universe created by another artist's mind. In fact, the
notion of the canvas as a portal to another more beautiful world can be considered the
subject of many of Andersson's recent paintings.
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Stephen Friedman Gallery