Published by Damiani. Edited with text by Kevin Moore.
Painters often draw from existing visual materials, such as photographs and reproductions of past works of art, to inspire and construct their work. Swedish artist Mamma Andersson (born 1962)—known for her dreamlike, faintly narrative compositions inspired by Nordic painting, folk art and cinema—is no exception.
But Andersson takes this process a step or two further, importing images of stacks of books and stray photographs, clipped from various sources, directly into her painted compositions. With careful observation, Andersson's dreamy landscapes and interiors slowly come to reveal common imagery and accumulated biblio-ephemera filtered through, and sharing space with, the artist's muted palette, melancholic scenery and textural paint. Mamma Andersson: Memory Banks focuses on this aspect of Andersson's painting practice, exploring how her use of appropriation and collage charges her paintings with an eerie, uncanny sense of familiarity.
Published by Kerber. Edited and with preface by Martin Hentschel. Text by Elfriede Jelinek, Martin Hentschel.
The widely admired Swedish artist Mamma Andersson (born 1962) draws on a long and venerable tradition of northern European art for her painting, in particular that of Romantic landscape painting, whose moody horizons and ominous weather so acutely characterize her modest-seeming scenes. Of course, Andersson is equally apt to draw on photographs of forensics investigations or scenes from theatre programs, shifting fluidly from the heavy gravity of outdoor scenes to the meticulous detail of equally ominous interiors. This volume, published for an exhibition at the Kunstmuseen Krefeld, contextualizes Andersson’s painting in relation to the works of painters such as Dürer, Dick Bengtsson, Edvard Munch and Caspar David Friedrich, showing how she has likewise extrapolated larger meditations on the human condition from the genres of landscape and interior painting.
Published by Aspen Art Press. Text by Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, Dominic Molon, Laura Hoptman.
Swedish painter Mamma Andersson works between domestic interiors and the Nordic landscape, often layering imagery to create subtly haunting, dreamlike atmospheres. Drawing from a variety of sources--from the narrative suggestiveness of cinematic imagery to the physical space of theatrical sets--Andersson employs disjointed perspectives and mismatched spatial relationships to create an eerie sense of the otherworldly. Her palette is seductive yet muted, applied in both soft washes and thick brushstrokes, with blank areas sometimes left on the surface of the painting. Andersson's imagery often includes windows, reflections and depictions of other paintings, to further destabilize the spaces she paints. This volume is published on the occasion of Andersson's first one-person U.S. museum show at the Aspen Art Museum and provides a broad overview of her work.