Göteborgs Konsthall presents the exhibition Come in, she said – my room is an eye of the storm, featuring the Göteborg-based artist Nina Bondeson. This is the most comprehensive presentation so far of her 40-year practice.
The exhibition Come in, she said – my room is the eye of a storm consists of nearly two hundred objects, juxtaposing recent paintings with selected earlier works.
The exhibition title is inspired by a quote from Bob Dylan, “Come in, she said, I’ll give you shelter from the storm”, and sums up the profound humanity and warmth that characterise Bondeson’s artistic practice. The works in the exhibition convey contemplations on life, death, sexuality and the general worry over these three aspects of living. The motifs are carved from an existential darkness, often with a political edge and a dash of bleak humour.
Bondeson’s works have the form and dramaturgy of winding stories, where imagery and poetic lines alternately blend and bicker. In paintings, prints, embroidery and sculptures, an array of motifs appears, meticulous and detailed like icons. In imaginative compositions, she lets fictional characters mingle with philosophers and dogs, owls, bears and rabbits, all of which are crucial parts of her seething universe. Shapes, signs and languages form a singular world of images, mixing the absurd with the playful and violent.
This exhibition presents a unique opportunity to trace Bondeson’s artistic imprint and experience how she has refined and developed her art into her own special language that has made a profound contribution to the Swedish contemporary art history.