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Cecilia Edefalk

Born, 1954 in Norrköping, Sweden

From the archived Documenta 11 website : www.documenta12.de//archiv/d11/data/english/index.html

“Many of Cecilia Edefalk’s oil paintings contain repeated themes and are combined into groups; all depict people in front of unspecific, usually monochromatic backgrounds. Despite the repetition of motifs, each work is individually varied in expression and color. For Edefalk, developing a motif is a long process, which sometimes lasts for years, since she employs a step-by-step procedure of painting to feel her way toward the subject. Motifs are taken from photographs, and the figures are always depicted in the foreground. In spite of their strong presence, they appear unreal, frozen in the moment; they fill the space and yet simultaneously seem timeless and empty. Colors provide information about the mental or psychological state of the figures. In addition to the placement of the figures within the painting, the hanging of the paintings themselves in the exhibition space and their distance to each are an integral part of the artist’s methodology and practice.”

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