Kerstin Hedström does not shy away from the complexity in her creation of art. The ceremonious work process, the slowness of the precise work, the care for details, the meditative aspect of repetition. Like when she, during a long period of time, collected thousands of eyeglass lenses into which she drilled tiny precise holes. Then she turned them into the sculpture group Livstycken (Bodices) at the library in Kulturens hus in Luleå. Or when she assembled lots of glass tubes to create the impressive light sculpture Svart regnbåge (Black rainbow), or when she split CDs and vinyl records into exact pieces for the artwork Symbol. The examples are numerous.
For more than 30 years she, who grew up in Harads but now lives in Luleå, has worked as an artist focussing on public art, recycled materials and light. Time is an important component in her work. She works with slow art, a movement within art where technique, material and working process are given a special meaning.
Kerstin Hedström often uses consumed objects, silent witnesses and symbols of events, feelings and experiences that, when put together, create patterns, surfaces and shapes. The objects, like other material she uses, vary depending on occasion and preconditions. She often chooses materials that break and reflect the light, create optical effects and lend her works life and movement.
The collecting plays a substantial part of her work process. Commonly the object per se evokes thoughts and feelings at first. Then, during the collecting phase, ideas start to grow and slowly take shape. She has been collecting medicinal blisterpacks for many years. In each pack, she saw a reflection of the person who had pressed out the pill, as though the packs were storytellers. Some packs are pressed inward, handled in a rush. Others are neat and the transparent plastic around the pill has been put back into shape.
Houses sometimes get to symbolize the ego and our concept of ourselves. By means of blisterpacks, thin offset plates, thin foam rubber and light Kerstin Hedström evokes thoughts on human togetherness, loneliness and desolation in the flickering light.