Announcing Lovisa Ringborg's latest exhibition, “The Living Room,” at Cecilia Hillström Gallery. This captivating project blends photography and sculpture, featuring an interior theme with reddish-pink tones that unify the works. Through a unique interplay of daylight and infrared light in her photography, Ringborg captures both visible light and the presence of heat.
Unlike her past nature-focused pieces, this exhibition explores the interior of an unadorned room. Small details within the room, such as an unmade bed, draped textiles, and warm, glowing lights, hint at life. However, as you delve deeper into each image, the room transforms from a safe space into a claustrophobic environment.
The sculptural work showcases a sleeping boy on a bed, created with terracotta hues that resemble flesh. The sheets on the bed symbolize the shedding of skin, representing change and metamorphosis. This theme of transformation also appears in wooden sculptures of two pairs of hands, where one pair morphs into sharp claws upon closer inspection.
Smaller still-life pieces complement the larger photographs, offering subtle hints of memory. Pressed dried flowers and bottles filled with warm water at various temperatures provide discreet references to the room and its history, resembling fragments of a memory. One photograph brings nature into the exhibition, portraying an untamed landscape with lupine flowers by the roadside. It evokes a hazy memory of a summer night, simultaneously inviting and nostalgic, yet also eerie and ghostly.
Throughout Lovisa Ringborg's work, a consistent tension prevails. Whether depicting an altered reality, a dreamlike state, or the depths of one's subconscious, Ringborg's art invites viewers to explore themes of seduction, tenderness, and the uncanny, all with an elusive quality that's both intriguing and challenging.
Ringborg, an MFA graduate from the School of Photography at Gothenburg University, has exhibited her works internationally and received numerous awards and scholarships. Her art is featured in prominent collections worldwide, including Moderna Museet, Hasselblad Foundation, and more.