I was invited to the vernissage by my friend Anneli Simonander, about whose art I have written about before. She has exhibited here in the past, twice, and cancelled what was supposed to be her third time in 2008, as she was too busy going to Paris on a motorbike to get married! She is an adventurer, let me tell you. She has always been a cool girl and I always feel like a grey mouse in her company. Some of it rubs off, though. Few people are so inspiring and encouraging as Anneli is, and I would probably never have dared to put any of my own stuff forward if it hadn´t been for her support.
Mostly, it´s the colours, I think, after just a quick viewing. Colour has always been Anneli´s strength, she started very young with oil painting, and even though she works more in acrylics and watercolours these days, she built a really solid foundation during those early years. Somehow, she seems more secure now, it´s all stronger and the colour choices are more audacious. There are a few pieces with female figures painted in bright reds with a leaning towards blue. I am struck by how two of the new paintings, at a distance rather alike in motif and colour choice, express completely different things: joy and pain, dance and torture. Like they are the same, or at least very close.
As usual, there is a wide range of motifs, techniques, materials, and moods. Anneli is good at a lot of things, and I would love to see her taking some time to wrestle an idea, to create a collection that is a bit more coherent. You know, a real project.
There are also some really charming, small sculptures of women. They are probably not new, but I don´t remember seeing them before. This is something I also wish she would do more of - she is so darn talented!
I came towards the end of the day, and she had already sold several pieces. It is not surprising, she sells well when she works, and I hope this exhibition will be the starting point of a new, prolific period.
The exhibition last all September and is accessible weekdays during office hours.