In her art, Maja Michaelsdotter Eriksson often starts from everyday things and themes, but by playing with scale and lifting objects out of their context, they are changed and they invite interpretations. This has often been about our biological bodies and organs, flesh and blood – human insides; or about food, which also brings to mind the organic side of the eternal circle of life.
All the time, she balances on the borderline between the beautiful and the disgusting. A lump of meat can be seen as a tempting strawberry sorbet; the sculpture Gapa och svälj (Say Aah and Swallow) as an appealing riot of colour – as long as we do not think about what it portrays.
Behind things that on the surface seem mundane and trivial, there is room for several themes which Maja Michaelsdotter Eriksson returns to in her exploration.
One is about the enormous power of nature, that which exists in everything – both in the vital and in that which dies and decays.
Another theme revolves around waste – in everything from human relations to consumerism; a third is about the pain our body feels from not being given adequate conditions to live life to the full.
But at the same time as Maja herself has clear perceptions about what she is searching for, she wants to keep the narratives vague to her visitors so as not to steer the observers’ thoughts. In addition, Maja Michaelsdotter Eriksson likes the opportunity of interaction in art – so that the visitors may do more than just look, and can also move within the art, touch it.
Here at Havremagasinet Maja Michelsdotter Eriksson is exhibiting four sculptures: Gapa och svälj (Say Aah and Swallow), Tarmkloss (Bowel Chunk), En bit av mig (A Part of Me) and Till the End of the World, this last created especially for the exhibition Art Sensory.
Maja Michaelsdotter Eriksson was born in 1985 and lives in Malmö. She was educated at the Academy of Art and Design in Gothenburg. Her works have been shown at venues such as Nationalmuseum, Liljevalchs and the National Centre for Architecture and Design at Moderna Museet.
She has been involved in several collection exhibitions, among them Ung svensk form (Young Swedish design) in 2017 and 2018. This is her first solo exhibition.