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29/08/2014

EXPO ‘The Sweet Perfume of Decay’ – Sintra, Göteborg (SE) – 30 Aout-23 Sept. 2014

You are very welcome to my solo exhibitionThe Sweet Perfume of Decay‘ at Sintra in Gothenburg on Saturday the 30th of August. Märta Mattsson
Opening 30/8 12-16

Marta Mattsson - sweet perfume of decay

I will also hold a lecture at the gallery on Friday the 29th of August at 19.00.
I hope to see you at either of these events or at both ! :)
Lecture by Märta Mattsson 29/8 19:00

 

The Sweet Perfume of Decay
Sometimes I see beauty in things that other people find strange or are even repulsed by. I become fascinated when there is something you do not want to see and the feeling you get when you do not want to look at some- thing, yet you still do. My jewellery deals with the tension that lies between attraction and repulsion. I take seemingly inappropriate materials, making ordinary and familiar objects seem extraordinary and unfamiliar.
In the 18th century many new breeds of animals and plants were discovered and it was the main era of cabinets of curiosities. People collected rarities because it gave them the feeling of being in the presence of something ex- traordinary and marvellous. The cabinets of curiosities were not meant to sympathize with the creatures on dis- play, only marvel over their oddity. In a world where not many new and exotic breeds are discovered I use dead creatures in my pieces to evoke wonder. The creatures are transformed and reborn; given a new life as objects of astonishment.”  Märta Mattsson

 Märta Mattsson Jewellery "‎The Sweet Perfume of Decay" - Sintra - Göthebourg (SE)

« During this year I have been working on new pieces where I use wings from butterflies, cicadas and moths. The idea of mimicry and transforming the wings to look like new species of animal appeals to me. By assembling and building new bodies out of the wings I can create mysterious creatures that uses the esthetic qualities of the wings but without making them too pretty and flower like.
As well as exploring the idea of creating new species I am also interested in the symmetry of the wings and how I can explore this in a new way. I find inspiration in images from the Rorschach test. The inkblot test is a method of psychological evaluation. Psychologists use this test in an attempt to examine the personality characteristics and emotional functioning of their patients. This test is often employed in diagnosing underlying thought disorders and differentiating psychotic from non-psychotic thinking in cases where the patient is reluctant to openly admit to psychotic thinking. »

Märta Mattsson, Booch: Wings, 2014 Cicada wings, resin, lacquer, crushed stone, glitter, silver 12 x 6 x 1 cmMärta Mattsson, Booch: Wings, 2014 Cicada wings, resin, lacquer, crushed stone, glitter, silver 12 x 6 x 1 cm

Märta Mattsson Brooch: Wings, 2013 Cicada wings, resin, lacquer, glitter, silver 13 x 10 x 1 cmMärta Mattsson Brooch: Wings, 2013 Cicada wings, resin, lacquer, glitter, silver 13 x 10 x 1 cm

 

Sintra
Landsvägsgatan 5,
Haga 413 04 Göteborg
tel 031 – 775 01 20
info@sintra.se
Mo-Fr.11-18, Sa.11-16
www.sintra.se

A contemporary crafts shop and gallery, established 1984; in the charming and picturesque district of Haga located in the central part of Gothenburg

 

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