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Liva Isakson Lundin

Liva Isakson Lundin, photo Jean Baptiste Béranger 

Liva Isakson Lundin creates otherworldly installations by bringing together contrasting materials in fresh and unforeseen ways. In her 2016 work Inwards, for example, gigantic coils of strip steel are barely confined within a fine membrane of stretched latex, doubled and contorted into intriguing forms; in Hold Sway (2018) ribbons of strip steel loop and sashay through the air with the delicacy of silk yet the numerous taut ropes holding the metal in place testify to its lethal potency were it to snap free. In these elegant material confrontations it is often hard to tell which element is supporting which. Her expansive use of space animates the room, giving the impression of kinetic propulsion, although the works are in fact static. Through extensive experimentation, Lundin wrestles with the problems posed by different materials and eventually achieves a poetic harmony between tension, weight and balance. Like Eva Hesse before her, Lundin’s sculptures draw parallels with Minimalism in their sparse, rhythmic repetitions and organic forms, yet their expressive, bodily aspect eschews the emotional detachment of much Minimalist art. 

Lundin was born in 1990 and earned a Masters degree from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm in 2016. Her work has been exhibited at Västerås Konstmuseum, Palladium Malmö, SAK Kungliga Konstakademin, Stockholm, Ahlbergshallen in Östersund and at the The Aguéli Museum, Sala among others. She lives and works in Stockholm.