Words: Martin Glemme
Renowned for her architectural and spatial art Cecilia Ömalm is a long time favorite of the Layered team. The Stockholm based artist has been a constant figure on the Swedish art scene for at least the past nine years with many talked-about exhibitions to her name as well as numerous grants; such as the prestigious studio grant handed out by the City of Stockholm.
At a dinner hosted by Absolut Art she met with Layered designer and founder Malin Glemme after which they expressed immediate liking of each other’s creations which has now resulted in a very interesting and unique collaboration. Over an encouraging lunch I spoke to her about the recent pieces, how her work comes to life and where she draws her inspiration from.
You’ve worked with many different techniques, from where do you get your inspiration?
– When it comes to art it’s all pretty simple cause it all stems from the same field. I’m inspired by old architecture. That’s always my focal point. It can be everything from structures to details to layouts. I’ve worked with everything from afterlife doors to plans of huge temples that I’ve layed out in stone to these collages I’ve been doing a lot of recently.
How does your creation process usually look like?
– Coffee! Lots of coffee. Well, it often starts with me finding something that intrigues me. I’m extremely intuitive in my work. And once I get started I usually work very hard and very fast. But then I’m absolutely exhausted afterwards. The biggest collage I did was last spring and then I worked on it constantly for two months! I even slept on the sofa so my kids always came and told me to go to bed. When I start I never know what the outcome will be. I just add, edit, and add until the old room doesn’t exist anymore and stop when it just feels good; as if I’m standing in the room itself.
These collages are being displayed at Carousel currently which fits in with the non-traditional places you’ve previously used. How do you think the surroundings affect the reading of your pieces?
– Quite a lot I’d say. I think it’s a better state when you’re not there to look at art. You take away something pretentious and at the same time you give the art more space by putting it in a location that doesn’t have that specific purpose. I think you react more spontaneously to that. It’s just as with people. It’s like when you run into someone that you just happen to like as opposed to a stiff blind date. Both pieces will be displayed at the restaurant Carousel in Stockholm during February.