ABOUT JENNIE BERGIUS
Jennie Bergius b. 1986 grew up on an small island on the Swedish west coast, surronded by art through her mother who also is an artist. Jennie is mainly autodidact and participated in her first art exhibition at 14-years old and has exhibited her art every year since then. Jennie lives and workes full time as an artist in Sweden.
”My art consist of two big pieces - magic realism in watercolor and abstract mixed media. These technics and styles can be seen as polarities but (or maybe therefor) these opposites forms an optimal entity for me, often merged in collage. Art is my medicine and I need structure, organization, rules and routines, as much as I need space, spontaneity, flexibility and freedom.
Magic realism in watercolor creates order of reality for me, which also need embellishment. I steer the transparent watercolor pigments with water through strategic technical moves to depict and deepen features of flowers, animals and humans. Magic realism makes me cope with the world and therefor gives me an invaluable sense of context.
Abstract mixed media, on the other hand, gives 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. Where there are no rules, no musts - only emotion and freedom. Ink, acrylics, oil and pastell in brush and/or chalk strokes without consideration or hesitation. I need to go here sometimes to collect gold by the end of the rainbow.
Often my two friends meet in collages, like an union between people living on each side of the tracks, socialy constructed as the ”right” and the ”wrong” side. The merge can seem improbable but it is my interpretation of what the world needs and that our differences together creates a solid unity. (And the world itself, is nothing less than implausible).
Sometimes the two friends don’t want to know of each other (and sometimes I don’t want to know of them). Sometimes I am closer to one of them, then the other. My magic realism watercolor friend I got to know early, as a 5-6 year old. It is my oldest and most faithful friend. The magic part of it certainly is a way to deal with life that becomes too boring without at least a little bit of magic. Abstract mixed media is a friend that I didn’t dare to become friends with until later years, when I as a grown up finally accepted this strong voice who also lives in me, and stopped treating it as merely a teenage rebel. "
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 artexhibition / Gothenburg, Sweden
2005 May, group exhibition for students - Galleri Koch / Stenungsund, Sweden
2000-2016 July, group exhibition - Private gallery / Klädesholmen, Sweden
2016-2017 B Gallery, UK
Education and Work (in the art field)
2014-Current - Arist with own firm
2007-2013 Art teacher (extra) at Nordic Watercolor Museum, Sweden
2009 KV artschool - Gothenburg, Sweden
2005 Aesthetically program with art as major subject - Gymnasium Nösnäs, Sweden
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