Söderhamns-kuriren Tuesday March 8, 2011
Gallery Adular, Söderhamn
Annelie Sjödin Hallgren
For the first time Annelie Sjödin Hallgren, Täby,
has her own exhibition at Söderhamn, her home town.
Annelie Sjödin Hallgren,
born in 1962 at Söderhamn, Sweden, was quite young when she attended
an art class led by artist Elina Mytnik. After secondary school she
took several other classes with an aesthetic aim before attending the
Beckman School of Design in Stockholm 1986 -89.
But it was painting
rather than design or illustration that was her vocation and after
some years abroad in Sheffield, England and New Jersey, USA,
water-colour technique became her all-absorbing interest.
For several years she has
had her own studio at Täby, near Stockholm. In this area she has had
one-man shows and taken part in several group exhibitions
Now that she is exhibiting
at Gallery Adular in Söderhamn, it is the first time that she has an
exhibition in the town where she grew up.
All of the 22 pictures that
Annelie Sjödin Hallgren now exhibits at the little gallery are what
you would call abstract. These water-colour monotypes are all the
result of a process where water-colour pigments have been mixed or
contrasted with Indian ink, acrylic white and, in some cases,
The metal areas produce a
very special effect with their reflecting impervious surface against
the transparent water-colour.
Her endeavour to
create motives that convey a three-dimensional impression succeed in
most cases. By combining the water-colour with the impermeability of
the acrylic paint, or by scraping and carving in the thick
water-colour paper, she creates surfaces which are alive and speak as
well as appeal to me as observer.
In some of the paintings
the thin water-colour skin forms itself into wrinkled, pulsating
areas, and a water-filled blob of colour flows off on an excursion of
its own that turns into thin bone-like lines.
It is exciting to be drawn
into her work where the paint like an elemental force leads its own
life and, at the same time, allows itself to be worked upon and
Original Swedish text by Christina
Hedquist, translated into English by Anne Marie Blomberg