Inspired by filmic imagery, theatre sets, and period interiors, Andersson‘s compositions are often dreamlike and expressive. While stylistic references include turn-of-the-century Nordic figurative painting, folk art, and local or contemporary vernacular, her evocative use of pictorial space and her juxtapositions of thick paint and textured washes are uniquely her own. Her subject matter revolves around melancholic landscapes and nondescript, private interiors.
In 2018 Andersson won the Daniel And Florence Guerlain Drawing Prize, a prestigious award honouring a living European artist. She was a co-curator of the 33rd Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil and her solo exhibition ‘Memory Banks' opened in October 2018 at Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, USA.
Other notable solo exhibitions include: David Zwirner, New York, USA (2020, forthcoming); ‘Mamma Andersson' at Stephen Friedman Gallery, London (2017); ‘Tick Tock' at Konsthallen, Luleå, Sweden (2013); ‘Dog Days', Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld, Germany (2012); Aspen Art Museum, Colorado, USA (2010) and Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (2009). In 2007 Andersson was the subject of a critically acclaimed, mid-career survey at the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden which travelled to the Kunsthalle Helsinki, Finland and the Camden Arts Centre, London, UK. In 2006 the artist won the Carnegie Art Award, a prestigious prize for Nordic contemporary painting, and she had a corresponding exhibition that travelled extensively in Europe. Her work was represented at the Nordic Pavilion at the 50th Venice Biennale (2003).
Recent group exhibitions include: ‘Material: Wood', Long Gallery, Messums Wiltshire, Salisbury, UK (2019); ‘Nordic Impressions', Nordic Heritage Museum, Washington, USA (2018), travelling to The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C., USA; ‘Acquisitions récentes du Cabinet d'Art Graphique', Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2018); ‘Collected Works! 30 years with the Maria Bonnier Dahlin Foundation', Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden (2016); ‘Impressions. Five Centuries of Woodcuts', The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway (2015); ‘Har/Nu (Here/Now)', Artipelag, Stockholm, Sweden (2014); ‘In Case We Don't Die', Torrance Art Museum, California, USA (2013); Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2012): ‘North by New York: New Nordic Art', Scandinavia House, New York, USA (2011); ‘North by New York: New Nordic Art', Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden (2010); ‘Eight Contemporary Commentaries', Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden (2009); ‘Collecting Collections', Museum of Contemporary Art, California, USA (2008) and ‘In silent conversation with Ingmar Bergman', Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland (2008).
Andersson's works are included in prominent collections internationally, including Albright-Knox Art Gallery, New York, USA; Dallas Museum of Art, Texas, USA; Hammer Museum, California, USA; Museum of Contemporary Art, California, USA; Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; The Broad Art Foundation, California, USA; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; Apoteket AB, Stockholm, Sweden; Bonnier Dahlins Stiftelse, Stockholm, Sweden; City of Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden; Folkets Hus och Parker, Stockholm, Sweden; Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Gothenburg, Sweden; Kultur I Länet, Uppsala läns andsting, Uppsala, Sweden; Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö, Sweden; Västerås Konstmuseum, Västerås, Sweden; Satens Konstråd/National Public Art Council, Stockholm, Sweden; Magasin III Museum and Foundation for Contemporary Art, Stockholm, Sweden; and Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo, Norway.