Hilda Hellström (b 1984 Gothenburg, Sweden) graduated from an MFA at the Royal College of Art in London in 2012. Her work has, among other institutions, been exhibited at Gothenburg Museum of Art, The British Craft Council, MAK Vienna, V&A, London Design Museum, MUDAC Lausanne and Shanghai Power Station Art Museum.
Her work revolves around our understanding of reality as purely subjective and investigates the sensuous aspects of life as opposed to the rational. Working with materials that, for the observer, often are unfamiliar, she plays with the undefinable in regards to materials, hierarchies, value systems and definitions. This has involved studies about what we classify as ‘natural’ in contrast to the man-made or artificial.
To emphasize the sensuous part of an object she has at times worked with the medium of film in relation to objects, in an attempt to captivate the audience in another world for a while.
Hellström currently lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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- Sedimentation Series
25 x 25 x 65 cm
Description: The Sedimentation Series is named after the geological process that occurs when sedimentary rock is being formed. The urns are mould-cast in a composite material and have the weight, cool, shine and denseness of natural stone. Despite the literal reference to nature, the vivid colouration gives a fantastical quality, exposing it’s artificiality. Often observers poses the question ‘what is it and how is it made?’, which allows for the suspension of disbelief and subjective perceptions. The typology of the urns refers to stone vessels in anthropological collections, where the authors mostly are unknown. Anthropological objects carry a strong history of culture and geography that along with the uncertainty of it’s maker often gives a certain air to the objects.
Hellström developed the technique in 2011 while constantly experimenting during the casting process. Undulating coloured strata and patterns were created. Certain elements of the process are tightly monitored, while others are more haphazard and left to chance. Each resulting vessel is meticulously crafted and no two are alike -forming an interplay between control and coincidence, a juxtaposition that often informs Hellström’s process.
Price: 2,420 EUR/ 18,000 DKK
THE BIG BANG AND OTHER EXPLANATIONS
Polymer modified plaster, pigment
25 x 25 x 90 cm
Description: For the Plinth Project, Hellström has worked with her seminal Sedimentation technique. When applied to the cubic shape of a plinth, Hellström discovered the similarities it had to schematic diagrams over the structure of the earth. To play along with these associations, she used a technique o finales to create figurative icon-like images within the cube. The images tell three stories explaining the origin of the earth. There's the Midgard serpent from Norse Mythology surrounding the earth, the hand of God looking over the creation of the mountains and lastly the Big Bang.
The Big Bang and Other Explanations is a part of group show 'The Plinth Projects' opening from 18th November 2016 to 21 January 2017 at Etage Projects.
Price upon request