Amanda Karlsson was born in 1989 and grew up in Värmland. She lives and works in Gothenburg.
Separate exhibitions - in selection 2020, Upcoming: Things that happen, Gallery Ekdahl, Karlstad 2020, Beacon, Helle Knudsen Gallery, Stockholm 2019, Here be dragons, The contemporary garage- OpenArt, Örebro 2019, The Great Unrest, Flemish Gallery, Borås 2018, BLUEPRINT, Brohuset, Upplands Bro 2018, What Are You Looking For? Arvika Art Gallery, Arvika (with Marie Thorslund and Johanna Friberg) 2016, We Are Herds, Gallery Helle Knudsen, Stockholm 2016, If we are just quiet and still then maybe it will pass, Gallery Lars Hjelm, Karlstad 2015, You Humble Me, Rivercity gallery, Gothenburg 2014, I can not carry it for you, but I can carry you, Konsthall K, Karlstad 2013, Ultimate Existence, Ori Gallery, Berlin 2012, Cow Home, Morgenrot Gallery, Berlin 2012, Under Influence, Zeitzone Gallery, Berlin
Public design 2020, Borderland, installation for the summer street, Falköping 2019, Mural painting, Swedish Transport Administration, Gothenburg 2018, Ritz Kulturhus, Arvika 2018, Westcoastwalls, straw town 2018, Useless knights, commissioned by Wermlands Invest and Karlstad electricity and city network
My art is based on an alternative fictional reality where there is an answer to the most basic human. Where there is a deeper universal truth to reach only if one strives hard enough. The starting point is in the narrative. To explore our sociopolitical contemporaries, class perspectives and interpersonal relationships through a layer of fiction. I use both the mythology of the past but also by finding new entrances through science fiction and future depictions. To reach this reality, I need to create it. I do this through a process of building up scenographies and staging events around issues of the interior experiences in contrast to the external. My scenes are then deepened by being transferred and translated into paintings. I see painting as a language, a direction and as an active act to shape our perception of reality. By letting painting meet a fabricated narrative, I can create a new formulation in the story, and if not approach a truth, at least process the longing for it.