YLVA CEDER, Serpentine Drive, 2013
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Handcoloured Lithograph on fine art paper
Signed limited edition of 50
Image: 43.5 x 80 cm
Paper: 53.5 x 88 cm
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About the artwork
“When I compose a picture, I always think about the direction. In western society, we read texts from left to right. Unconsciously we read pictures the same way. We also see time as a horizontal line, from left to right. In children's books, a figure who is on its way somewhere will often be drawn going from the left towards the right. If the figure meets something evil, for example, a monster, it will come from the right-hand side of the picture. When the figure at the end of the story is on its way home, he/she is drawn going in the left direction.
The boy on the moped in this lithography is therefore going away. He could be any teenager, anywhere in Sweden. He is not anywhere since he drives through a beech forest. The trees on the right side of the picture are pine trees. The incentive to drive through the wet weather could be a reaction of strong feelings within him. Maybe he has a final destination, or it could be an aimless drive. Serpentine Drive alludes both to the road which he is driving on, and a way of driving.”
- Ylva Ceder
About the artist
Characteristics of Ylva Ceder's painting are motifs of tranquil rooms. A room that someone recently left. The human presence is a sensation in the form of a stroke of light or a door left open. With an attentive eye, Ylva Ceder conducts extensive research before painting. Her starting point is often travel, where most have gone to the Middle East, but also around Sweden. With the same curious gaze as she encounters places and cultural expressions abroad, she looks at Swedish culture and heritage. Mental pictures of places she has visited are combined into their own environment in her painting, where one gets a sense of seeing just a fraction of a larger, slow-moving happening.
Ceder was born in 1976 in Lund, Sweden. She received an MFA from Konstfack University College of Arts, Craft, and Design, Stockholm in 2007. She has exhibited internationally and widely throughout Sweden, including solo exhibitions at Passagen, Linköping, and Rättviks Konsthall. Her works are represented in private and public collections including Malmö Konstmuseum and Katrineholms Konsthall. She lives and works in Stockholm.
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