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Ida Ekblad

OCEAN GIRLS, 2020 featured on the cover of ELLE Norway, Green issue no.5

Image: Ida Ekblad, OCEAN GIRLS, 2020, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark, © Ida Ekblad / BONO 2021, Photo: Uli Holz © Peder Lund
Image: Ida Ekblad, OCEAN GIRLS, 2020, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark, © Ida Ekblad / BONO 2021, Photo: Uli Holz © Peder Lund

Ida Ekblad's painting OCEAN GIRLS from 2020 is featured on the cover of ELLE Norway, Green issue no.5.

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Ida Ekblad

A DEADLY SLUMBER OF ALL FORCES, 2021
now part of the collection of the Kistefos Sculpture Park

Installation view: Ida Ekblad, A DEADLY SLUMBER OF ALL FORCES, 2021, Kistefos Sculpture Park, Oslo, 2021, photo: Vegard Kleven, reproduced with permission from Kistefos Museum and Peder Lund
Installation view: Ida Ekblad, A DEADLY SLUMBER OF ALL FORCES, 2021, Kistefos Sculpture Park, Oslo, 2021, photo: Vegard Kleven, reproduced with permission from Kistefos Museum and Peder Lund

Ida Ekblad's A DEADLY SLUMBER OF ALL FORCES is now part of the collection of the Kistefos Sculpture Park in Jevnaker, Norway. Hand-painted, this momumental, site-specific sculpture is the largest sculptural work of the artist to date.

Structurally, the work is composed of four parts that are assembled by applying the cubist method of a jigsaw-puzzle-like composition of elements that are outlined in flat surfaces. Ekblad reinvigorates the technique and creates a multi-perspective synthesis of mind and memory. While the cubists most often de- and reconstructed a figurative element, Ekblad mainly uses abstract patterns in her compositions, like the maritime blue and the white Breton stripes which unfold like butterfly wings in the topmost element of the sculpture.

“The mind is inhabited with trillions of pieces and here is where my source material naturally derives from or is being molded; I chop it and pitch it and move it about, turn it inside out, block print it and roll it up. Although it could be old moldy memories or references, I search for a ‘futurism’ of it all. Whether clogged up of dystopian Philip K Dick-esque nightmares or very sweet, sad post-rave after-glow introspective moods. I hope, like William Wordsworth, that my future mind 'Shall be a mansion for all lovely forms'.” – Ida Ekblad 

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Minigraph: Ida Ekblad in conversation with Joe Bradley (publication)

Photo: Leonie Merkl, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
Photo: Leonie Merkl, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo

A Minigraph was published on the occasion of Ida Ekblad's exhibition GIRL FIRES UP STOVE at Kunstnernes Hus. The publication includes a conversation between Ekblad and the American artist Joe Bradley.

"Painting to me works like a secret, like shrouded poetry, it's a container of a very precise language, much more articulate than any language formed by alphabets could ever dream of being." – Ida Ekblad

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Untitled, 2014 featured on the cover of Danish electronic musician Kasper Marott's latest record release

Image: Ida Ekblad, Untitled, 2014, collection o f Heidi Hertel and Greg Hodes, © Ida Ekblad / VISDA 21, photo: def image
Image: Ida Ekblad, Untitled, 2014, collection o f Heidi Hertel and Greg Hodes, © Ida Ekblad / VISDA 21, photo: def image

A painting by Ida Ekblad from 2014 is featured on the cover of Danish electronic musician Kasper Marott's latest record release, "My Space".

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Ida Ekblad

The Girls Will Bring You Nightmares, 2020
now part of the collection of the Moderna Museet, Stockholm

Image: Ida Ekblad, The Girls Will Bring You Nightmares, 2020. Photo: Prallan Allsten/Moderna Museet, © Ida Ekblad
Image: Ida Ekblad, The Girls Will Bring You Nightmares, 2020. Photo: Prallan Allsten/Moderna Museet, © Ida Ekblad

Ida Ekblad's The Girls Will Bring You Nightmares, 2020 is now part of the collection of the Moderna Museet,  Stockholm.

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