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Pernilla Iggstrom

Pernilla Iggstrom’s paintings are the result of a process of investigation into her personal cultural heritage – a journey which explores the effect on her own identity of being born into one culture, then subsequently being adopted into another very different one thousands of miles away.

Pernilla explores the nature/nurture concept where the relation between the interior and the exterior, the past and the present, and the physical and the psychological are key.

Using source material derived from her personal archive of family albums as a starting point, she sometimes begins by creating collages and other material experimental pieces, developing an amalgam of an experienced life and lost experiences, exploring both actual and imagined places. These collages are then translated into paintings. The material processes, variation of paint applications and use of strong colours are analogous to her investigations into her past.

Although, Pernilla’s personal story is core, there are far reaching aspects of what she is saying that she wants to address. She hopes her work will introduce the viewer to thoughts on his/her own cultural set up which in turn will improve awareness and pride of their own heritage. This in turn could create a platform open for discussions on cultural diversity and ultimately lead to an increased understanding and respect for people of different backgrounds.

Artists such as Candice Breitz, Miro, Magritte, Wilhelm Sasnal, Gary Hume, Gerhard Richter, Robert Rauschenberg and John Kørner inspire Pernilla.

Pernilla Iggstrom - Cultural Nomads