ABOUT JENNIE BERGIUS
Jennie Bergius b. 1986 grew up on a small island on the Swedish west coast, surrounded by art through her mother who is also an artist. Jennie is mainly autodidact and participated in her first art exhibition when she was 14 years old and has exhibited her art every year since then. Jennie lives and works full time as an artist i Sweden.
From the age 6 to 26 I exclusively painted realism watercolor. It was what I grew up with and knew as my mother is a realism watercolor artist too. At the age of 27 my motives started to change in tunes with my life, (I was pregnant), to magic realism watercolor. Being pregnant was a dream come true for me and I started to see the magic in life more clearly. (And I also felt that life needed some magic). Magic realism watercolor created a managable order of reality for me. I steered the transparent watercolor pigments with water through strategic technical moves to depict and deepen features of flowers, animals and humans. Magic realism has been my way of coping with the world and therefore gave me an invaluable sense of context.
A few years later I dared to meet a new friend - abstract mixed media. I needed a change and wanted to find my own inner voice, not to follow a safe passage that I had gotten to know quite well but to explore and go outside my comfort zone. I was now a mother and as life changed, I needed to change. Abstract mixed media gave me moments being in a playful and anarchistic unbridled utopia, a place within me that’s been there for as long as I can remember. It felt like there were no rules, no musts - only emotion and freedom. Ink, acrylics, oil and pastell in brush and/or chalk strokes without consideration or hesitation. It felt like collecting gold by the end of the rainbow.
The past couple of years I have alternated between magic realism watercolors and abstract mixed media. 2019-2020 I started to merge these two styles into collage pieces. These techniques and styles can be seen as polarities but (or maybe therefor) these opposites formed an optimal entity for me. The magic realism watercolor with its structure, organization, rules and routines and the abstract mixed media's sense of space, spontaneity, flexibility and freedom. It was like the pieces belonged together and were finally completed when I created these collage series.
As I grow older I've realised that I want and need ease and fun, AND order and routines. So I work with everything that I've learned through the years: magic/realism watercolor and abstract mixed media, sometimes in collages and sometimes the mediums stands by themselves. I want to feel like the world is full of opportunities and that is the feeling that I get when I truly follow my heart, whatever the destination.
2020 Aug-Sept, jury-judged exhibition - Romele Art hall / Skåne, Sweden
2020 June-August, solo exhibition - Dekorex / Kållekärr, Sweden
2019 June-July, duo exhibition - Klädesholmen Art room / Klädesholmen, Sweden
2018 September, duo exhibition - Skärhamn Art room / Skärhamn, Sweden
2017 July-October, solo exhibition - Klädesholmen Art room / Klädesholmen, Sweden
2016 May, solo exhibition - Hogia / Stenungsund, Sweden
2015 October, group exhibition - Medborgarskolan / Kungälv, Sweden
2015 April, solo exhibition - Bettys Hörna / Skärhamn, Sweden
2014 May, solo exhibition - Änggårdens Hospice / Gothenburg, Sweden
2014 March, group exhibition - Lions Annual Art exhibition / Gothenburg, Sweden
2005 May, group exhibition for students - Galleri Koch / Stenungsund, Sweden
2000-2016 July, group exhibition - Private gallery / Klädesholmen, Sweden
Nordic Art Wall
B Gallery, UK
Education and work (in the art field)
2014-current - Artist with own firm
2007-2013 Art teacher at Nordic Watercolor Museum, Sweden
2009 KV Art school - Gothenburg, Sweden
2005 Aesthetically program with art as major subject - Gymnasium Nösnäs, Sweden