Titel: Traces No. 1
Storlek: 28 x 36 cm
Teknik: Mixed media collage på 570g Strathmore papper, 2020. Ej ram.
Konstnär: Jennie Bergius
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Jennie Bergius b. 1986 grew up on an small island on the Swedish west coast, surronded by art through her mother who also is an artist. Jennie is mainly autodidact and participated in her first art exhibition at 14-years old and has exhibited her art every year since then. Jennie lives and works full time as an artist in Sweden.
From the age 6 to 26 I exclusively painted realism watercolor. It was what I grew up with and knew as my mother is a realism watercolor artist. At the age of 27 my motives started to change in tunes with my life, (I was pregnant), to magic realism watercolor. Being pregnant was a dream come true for me and I started to see the magic in life more clearly. (And I also felt that life needed some magic). Magic realism watercolor created order of reality for me. I steered the transparent watercolor pigments with water through strategic technical moves to depict and deepen features of flowers, animals and humans. Magic realism has been my way of coping with the world and therefor gave me an invaluable sense of context.
A few years later I dared to meet a new friend – abstract mixed media. I needed a change and wanted to find my own inner voice, not to follow a safe passage that I had gotten to know quite well but to explore and go outside my comfort box. I was now a mother and as life changed, I needed to change. Abstract mixed media gave me moments being in a playful and anarchistic unbridled utopia, a place within me that’s been there for as long as I can remember. It felt like there where no rules, no musts – only emotion and freedom. Ink, acrylics, oil and pastell in brush and/or chalk strokes without consideration or hesitation. It felt like collecting gold by the end of the rainbow.
The past couple of years I have alternated between magic realism watercolors and abstract mixed media. 2019-2020 I started to merge these two styles into collage pieces. These technics and styles can be seen as polarities but (or maybe therefor) these opposites formed an optimal entity for me. The magic realism watercolor with its structure, organization, rules and routines and the abstract mixed medias sense of space, spontaneity, flexibility and freedom. It was like the pieces belonged together and were finally completed when I created theses collage series – they gave me the feeling that the world made sense.
I realize as I grow older I want and need more ease, more fun and more calm. I want to feel like the world is full of opportunities and that is the feeling that abstract mixed media gives me. It is something that I can work with and I want to share that feeling with you.
Jennie Bergius | contemporary artist