Ida Ekblad’s practise incorporates painting and sculpture but also poetry, filmmaking and performance. The Norwegian artist has collaborated with multiple artists and musicians. Her sources of inspiration include artist figures such as Odilon Redon, Joy Orbison, Lina Bo Bardi, the acting of Gena Rowlands and the writing of Haldis Moren Vesaas and Inger Hagerup.
Her style is signified by a genre-crossing approach and combines, for example, the aesthetics of graffiti, manga culture, arts and crafts, old master paintings, deviant art, and meme culture. Ekblad’s practise is based on our hyper-retinal culture which she seeks to visually document and comprehend.“Whatever sense I find,” she says, “is primarily an aesthetic sense. In painting, sculpture, and via material twists and turns, I am striving to make a personal and decent pattern of what happens to come my way.”
Her high-energy paintings are superabundant, retinal, corporal, pushy and highlight trends and techniques often seen as outdated or even tacky such as puffy paint, rose pattern kitchen towels, run-of-the-mill graffiti, steampunk, b-girl aesthetic or airbrushing. Colours work as decor and aggressor, forced onto the canvas and combined with her titles’ mysterious and druggy poetry.
A sense of freedom exudes from the vibrant work of Ekblad, who dislikes to plan, organize, rationalize or iron things out. Ekblad instead looks for ‘hunchy’ moments of peak eyes, peak ears, peak everything when working.
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