'Storytelling' exhibition by Pernilla Iggstrom opens in London

Section of "Escapade" by Pernilla Iggstrom, 2018, oil on canvas

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RB12 and Chrom-Art are pleased to present ‘Storytelling’ exhibition by Pernilla Iggstrom at RB12 Design Space, Shoreditch, London, from 9th April to 15th May 2019.

Long before social media, telephones or telegram existed, the only way to preserve our history and heritage was through the storytellers who wandered between villages. It was also a form of education – the stories often had a moral message.

Storytelling is a collection of narratives, some real but mostly fictional, that we can often identify with. Life events and meetings with people all generate an experience that affects our identity. This new body of work is exploring our multidimensional facets – how our life experiences together make us who we are.

The layer of oil paint on the semi-transparent organza and tulle is only skin-deep and does not fully cover what is behind. This could be seen as a metaphor for how our past and our heritage play a role in the present – it is not always visible but it is there.

Silhouettes with colour patches blended together on cotton canvas, organza and tulle have symbols and narratives on them. The large painting that greets the visitor as you walk in reflects a possible heritage of the artist in the city of Milyang in South East Korea. Its’ imprint of the traditional Korean sliding walls painted ajar, welcomes the viewer to her personal journey.

Artist Pernilla Iggstrom at her studio

Pernilla Iggstrom was born in South Korea and grew up in Sweden. In 2007, after 16 years in the corporate sphere, she left Singapore and moved to London to realise her dream of being an artist. In 2011 she received her BA (Hons) in Fine Art Painting from City & Guilds of London Art School.

In art school Pernilla started to explore how it was growing up in peaceful and safe 70s and 80s Sweden and how her first 8 months in Korea, a time that she naturally can’t remember, has informed her identity. Mainly using source materials derived from her personal archive of family albums and her own photos of the environment, she explores both actual and imagined places and questions the individual’s personal strength and worth in today’s multicultural society. While the figurative elements contain narratives, the abstraction in her paintings explores the emotional and psychological side of an event.

Although Pernilla’s work is autobiographical, there are also far reaching aspects to what she is saying that she wants to address. She hopes that her art will inspire the viewer to reflect on his or her own cultural heritage, increase an interest and awareness about himself or herself and others and thereby break down stereotypical impressions and pre-conceived ideas.

Some of Pernilla’s sources of inspiration are Gerhard Richter, Wangechi Muthu, Joan Mirò, Candice Breitz, John Kørner, Joseba Eskubi and the nature

This is Pernilla’s second one-person show in London and follows a successful one-person show in Sweden. She has work in collections in England, Sweden, USA and Malaysia.

A Solo Exhibition by Pernilla Iggstrom
9th April to 15th May 2019
RB12 Design Space – 6 King John Court, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3AZ
Opens Mon to Sat 10am to 6pm
Private View on the 9th April 2019, 6.30-9pm. RSVP team@chrom-art.org


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