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A pinecone and a bomb make up the core shape of this sculpture. A play on two outwardly similar objects melding into one. Two things with different functions and purposes. The pinecone and the bomb, two falling vessels whose contents spread far and wide on impact – in one case life and in the other destruction and death. The recognisable takes on a new form and becomes something new, undefinable, ambiguous.

This paradox can open the door for a plethora of questions. Such as how we live and interact with a world that can be viewed as an eternal life-giver, yet for which the forecasts point in another direction.

With the contradictions inherent in the absurd metamorphosis between pinecones and deadly weapons, I want to shine a light on that intersection where destructive and life-giving forces meet.

Perhaps it is a place defined by disquiet and disorientation? Or perhaps it creates a state of openness to change and transition? Openness as the key and the fuel to try to change habitual patterns, to be creative and to dare to explore new living conditions.

Born in Stockholm in 1963, Katarina Klingspor Ekelund earned her Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Arts, Crafts and Design in 1998. Lives and works in Vaxholm. Klingspor Ekelund had her third solo exhibition at the Susanne Pettersson Gallery in Stockholm In autumn 2018. She also creates public works of art, including the beautification of the Handelsbanken offices in Linköping in 2014.