Andreas Eriksson: from Sketch to Tapestry
The Nordic Watercolour Museum, Tjörn presents a solo exhibition of watercolours, drawings and hand-woven textiles by Swedish artist Andreas Eriksson. Eriksson is known for his poetic depictions of the natural world, describing them as “existential landscapes”. Encompassing a wide range of media, this exhibition offers a unique window onto the artist’s experience of his rural surroundings in Medelplana, Sweden.
The exhibition includes works from an ongoing series of large-scale handwoven tapestries, rendered in subtle hues of undyed linen yarn. In a Berlin studio that houses five traditional looms, Eriksson collaborated with a team of weavers trained at Stockholm’s historic Handarbetets Vänner textile school. Making a sketch or using an existing painting to plot the composition of his tapestries, the weavers interpreted these ‘maps’ with specific guidance from the artist regarding thread, density and technique. Taking two years to produce, at a rate of perhaps a centimetre or two a day, this painstaking mode of production reflects the artist’s enduring interest in the passing of time.
Andreas Eriksson was born in 1975 in Björsäter, Sweden. He lives and works in Medelplana on the south bank of Lake Vänern, Sweden. Eriksson’s fourth solo exhibition at Stephen Friedman Gallery, London ‘Mapping memories, tracing time’ opened in March 2020. Eriksson’s works are included in prominent collections internationally including: Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; FRAC, Auvergne, France; MUMOK, Vienna, Austria; Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo, Norway; Gothenburg Museum of Art, Gothenberg, Sweden; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; Skövde Art Museum, Skövde, Sweden; National Public Art Council, Sweden; Sundsvall Museum, Sundsvall, Sweden and Uppsala Art Museum, Uppsala, Sweden.
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