Nikki Fager Myrholm

b 1991 Strömsnäsbruk, Sweden. Lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Fragments of something are revealed through my body and I ask:
”What happened before? What comes after?”

My painting will not give me any answers. It says a few words, but not the entire sentence. It asks questions; cuts me off mid-sentence and raises its eyebrows. The question mark is enough in itself.

My process is intuitive and fluent. Images lead me and I follow.
I have a huge archive of photographs. That is where a painting usually starts for me. I choose pictures that make me curious; I browse through my albums and see a lot of them over and over again. Now and then they tell me something new – as if they have grown to feel safer around me and dare tell me a secret.

Sometimes my curiosity is raised by the colour, shape, or composition in a photo; sometimes it is because it teasingly hints at a story without a beginning or an end. But despite being captured by a picture, that is never enough. For me, it is raw information that I long to activate.

My work is figurative but not photographic – it never pretends to convey a truth. It is moving like a story that has been told in parts and shaped thereafter. The way I see it, painting speaks its own, it is a wordless language. What is being said therein cannot be translated directly into words, but it can be felt and interpreted by the beholder. That seduces me about art: the intangible storytelling, the searching for an alternative way to communicate. I paint quickly, like a thought just passing through – it is a meaningful part of my method. A certain pace is called for to be able to maintain a mood throughout every brushstroke of a painting.

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Vita

Education:
  • 2017-ongoing Konstfack
  • 2014-2017 Bergen Academy of Art and Design
  • 2012-2014 Kronoberg art school
Exhibitions:
  • 2018 Vårsalongen (Liljevalchs Konsthall,)
  • 2017 New Contemporary Art Museum(Group exhibition, Bergen Academy of art and design)
  • 2016 Gravallvarligt talat (Solo exhibition, Galleri Fisk)
  • 2016 Konststafett (Group exhibition, Galleri Bokboden)
  • 2016 What is painting? (Group exhibition, Bergen Academy of art and design)
  • 2015 See this sound (Group exhibition, Bergen Academy of art and design)
  • 2014 RE:impression (Group exhibition, Växjö Konsthall)
  • 2013 Macken (Group exhibition, Växjö Library)
Collaboration projects:
  • 2016 Large scale painting (Painting of a wall outside the new Bergen Academy of art and design-building)
  • 2014 & 2015 Toner & tavlor (Live music and video art)

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