Birgitta Sundström Jansdotter
Swedish artist living in the Netherlands.
Music: Kai Engel, “Comatose”
Powerful, tough, challenging, tempting and at the same time vulnerable women play the leading role in the works of Swedish born BirgittAa Sundström Jansdotter. Virtuous in her use of art, with historical and contemporary pop culture elements. Jansdotter’s hybrid paintings tell us stories about the joys and sorrows of human relationships. She places emphasis on the roles and stereotypes women have been traditionally assigned, find themselves in now and should be claiming for themselves in future. Birgitta paints monumental, and with a cheeky wink to the ‘normal’ rules in painting. Through the hard-edged compositions, minimal pattern, and simplified shapes, the eyes gain the most prominent value. Centralized in the painting and seem to be mirroring the spectator. Often finding recourse in humor, she approaches the subjects combined with the dark side of life, lingering with hope. Missing her native country, she incorporate parts of the swedish mysterious landscape rich in symbols and myths rendered by imagination and her memories.
Jansdotter has exhibited worldwide in museums, galleries and art fairs from South Korea and Hong Kong, England, Sweden, Italy, Belgium, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands. Jansdotter has received two art prices in Sweden. In the Netherlands she has been awarded the Jacob Hartogprijs (2007) and the Cultuurprijs Zuidplas (2017).