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Astrid Strömberg

The Mage’s Keep

Huuto II 10.3.-2.4.2023

Astrid Strömberg
The Mage’s Keep

Outside and inside merge together at times,

just like the past and the present, yesterday and today,

twisting and turning, finding a crack,

the walls here remain, maybe for a little while longer.

Play a game with me,

Losing is ____, winning is ____

Your turn,

The Mage’s Keep is an exhibition that focuses on painting as well as popular culture and historical references. The works can be seen as an entity, as a room that one enters, or as a series of separate paintings.

As a painter, I sometimes feel like a magician in a room. Not because I have magical powers but because there is something magical about the brush, paint, liquids and canvas. Sometimes I wonder who has all the power, me as the artist or the paint whose smell stays in my hair when I leave the room. The sweet and slightly pungent smell. It feels safe, like home, but at the same time disgust and irritation easily take over. The paint under my nails and on the cuticles never disappears. I tried to scrub it, but it is a permanent reminder of the walls around me.

Astrid Strömberg (b. 1990) is a visual artist and she earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in 2020.

The artist’s work has been supported by the Kone Foundation and Svenska kulturfonden

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