ELLA WANG OLSSON: BITING MY MOTHER’S TONGUE

Ella Wang Olsson asks a lot of questions. The answers always carry a balance between an ironic approach and a homely atmosphere. That is, she clinically dissects her personal concerns and transforms them into loud statements of those things everyone has wondered but few dare to needle. This exhibition is comprised of Wang’s old and new work, including the premiere of a videowork – a mix between a spy film and a philosophical essay – on the corrugations that arise from speaking various languages and trying to bridge them with an identity. At times, looking at Ella’s work feels like embarking on a journey into the artist’s visual subconscious, where you can gain access to every part of the image-making process if you take the time to search for clues. Bold, phosphorescent and yet intimate, the pieces in Biting my Mother’s Tongue are here to rattle our ordered environments.

-Abril Cisneros

AFTER THE ORGY
Oil on Canvas
100 X 100 cm

An exploration of the capacity of
the human brain, and our ability to create images.
A free verse of outside influences manifesting in visual pictures.

I DON’T WANT TO SPEAK ENGLISH ANYMORE
Video Work
08:08 min

DVD cover for I DON’T WANT TO SPEAK ENGLISH ANYMORE

Collage of papers and plans for the making of
I DON’T WANT TO SPEAK ENGLISH ANYMORE

Why is English the furthest away from me yet the language I am more confortable with?

SINO – DUTCH TILES
Oil on Canvas
15 x 15 cm

Inspired by the fake Chinese porcelain tiles (Kraakware)adapted by the Dutch, as a result of trading with China in the 17th and 18th century, these tiles explore the relationship between China and Holland both in it’s historical and contemporary context.

There are 10 tiles scattered around the Kunstgang website. Happy hunt.

BITING MY MOTHER’S TONGUE
Linocut through Photoshop
42 x 29,7 cm

THE VERY END
Oil on Canvas
80 x 105 cm

The end is coming! An unpleasant thought of the end, seemingly calm and comfortable.

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