Little Boxes

 

Everything is very late with this book Little boxes. Not many people know about it and I will have a bookrealese now one year after the book offical was on the market. One will be in Stockholm and in my friends funitureshop Löftstrands verkstad this spring and the other will be on my favorit island Blidö in the archipelago of Stockholm this summer, in a house own and built by a artist couple I know on the island.

Here is one review of Little Boxes, by Sebastian Lönnlöf, LitteraturMagazinet.

The Swedish cartoonist Emelie Östergren, who always writes in English, has so far in his books and booklets demonstrated surrealism and fabulously fabulerande with minimal funds. The goods we get this time, in a brief but rich image-based narrative.

A woman living in a house with many little girls, but something is not as it should. From her paintings with sea motif starts leaking water on the floor. And not only that – girl after girl disappears. Some will come back briefly, but in the long run decimated the more and she does not know why. Nothing goes neither to do about it, it seems. The woman lives in his house and is perplexed. Confused. Lost Passage in a very strange reality.

Perhaps the solution behind the wallpaper? It is quite unclear what actually happens and it brings a sense of unease and uncertainty. That feeling is further enhanced by pictures: artistic, colorful, with rounded lines that draw shapes a little more in every direction than what I expect. It is simply very well signed and very uncomfortable pleasing “nightmarish storytelling”. Emelie Östergren continues to excel as one of the most imaginative and artistically talented cartoonist. She continues to publish books at this rate, I am happy!

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Glicheprint

This is the first glicheprint, waiting for its owner. It is very successful and so much better print that the poster!

It cost 150 € and you can order it from me personal. With or without framing.

The framed image is the glischeprint and the other image is on my original.

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Djävulens bröllop

(Eng title. The Devil’s Wedding)

The Devil’s Wedding is a new book written by Gudrun Wessnert I made illustrations for. Gudrun Wessnert writes historical books, fantasy tales and ghost stories. This is a collaboration that you will see more of in the future. Down below you can se examples from the book.

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Bolonga bookfair 2013

I was one of the chosen to represent Swedish illustration on the Bolonga Bookfair 2013. Here comes the cataloges description about me and Evil Dress, the book that was picked out to be shown at the bookfair. Below that you can se a image of me and the presentaion of my work at the

Emelie Östergren has her very own take on the world. The book Evil Dress, 2009 contains 14 separate stories with and without text. It should perhaps be described as a pictorial story rather than a picturebook, although it is a book containing pictures. It opens and closes with a reference to Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland,  a story that has slightly surreal undertones. This is a feature repeated in Emelie Östergren’s imagery, which also has Gothic influences. The subjective fantasy world that she creates is the setting for the various fragmentary tales, which offer both fear-tinged delight and melancholy insight.

The story of The Dollhouse involves an attempt at communication. The bored girl in the pink dress asks the pipe-smoking dandy whether they can do something, maybe play together. This leads to her starting to move things around randomly, including the books on the bookshelf, which she builds up around her while the man smokes and smokes. In response to his silence, she sets the curtains on fire, the armchairs and a bust of an angel, yielding an immediate reaction in a torrent of insults as he tries to put out the fire. Her vain and repeated attempts to resolve the impossible situation culminate in an ambivalent ending. Both characters sit on the floor in front of a newly lit fire in the fireplace, him with his arm around her back.  A similar lack of resolution can be found in the series about the two girls in white dresses with sailor collars. One girl grasps the other’s neck harder and harder, pushes her away, sets fire to her and finally puts a conciliatory arm around the scorched girl. There is always a serious undertone in the subjective choices that are made, filled as they are with an uncomfortable sense of total loneliness. under the apparently screwball surface there is always an honest and direct story. The way that Emelie Östergren mixes the sweet with the grotesque, honesty with gallows humour, in strong and sparse images, is raw and emotional, uncomfortable and charged, offering something for adults and young people alike.

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I also was a part of the exibiton UpsideDown at the achelogical museum with contemporary Swedish illustration. The main artist was the great Eva Lindström. A really nice made exibition with alot of interest and visitors. For the opening it was 700 guests and it came even more. “Som en sardin i en sardinask”. Dow below you can se me again infront of the show.

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