Talking about Eva Zettervall’s art as power- and colourful is an understatement.
Like few, she has spent her long career as an artist turning the human being inside out, stripped it of its skin, exposed nerves and organs, sexuality and steaming lust – often both enticing and threatening at the same time.
She was born and brought up in Boden. At a young age, she moved to Teheran where she attended her first art school before she returned to Sweden and in time began studying at the Royal Institute of Art, also known as Mejan.
Following a neck injury, her imagery changed and she discovered collages as an art form. The collage method encouraged image collisions and suddenly disparate objects could meet in an almost surreal way that inspired.
This summer at Havremagasinet Eva Zettervall shows her picturesque installation Röda rummet (The red room) – a poetic contribution to the public debate. At the same time, art gallery Lokstallet in Strömstad shows her Julie and Jean, another installation inspired by August Strindberg’s problem, viewed from a contemporary perspective.
Eva Zettervall’s red room is based on personal observations and with frames of refe-rence different to the ones in Strindberg’s novel. The world penetrates her own red room’s private intimacy like a tsunami of information, demanding a reaction and an awakening.
Among others, new feminist movements like Pussy Riot and Femen intersect her room. The result is that walls explode and open up to the light of dawn. As quoted by herself “Time is a movement where changed positions give birth to the new in a never-ceasing stream and new constellations arise constantly.“