The visual artist Katja Öhrnberg’s (b. 1970) Elixirs exhibition is on show in Café Söderlångvik throughout summer 2020. Öhrnberg, who lives and works in Fiskars, is adept in the use of multiple materials, working with painting and with sculptures that comment on the environment.
In her art Öhrnberg deals with the presence of thoughts, consciousness and emotions.The Elixirs exhibition shows her interpretations of health and well-being. The installation 200 elixirs – What do you need? consisting of little coloured bottles on the café wall takes our thoughts to physical remedies. But there is a more spiritual aspect underlying these works, which accentuates the importance of states of mind and emotions for wellbeing. Many of Öhrnberg’s works spring from the idea that help can be found in simple moments. Moments divested of pointless activity can be filled with wisdom.
Main picture: Two hundred elixirs – what do you need?
Installation; food colouring, bottels and water, 2012 / 2020
Photo: Katja Öhrnberg
Öhrnberg uses the paintings’ abstract, stratified colour surfaces to depict, for instance, the relationship between movement and the moment. That relationship is made concrete in the long chains of generations that she portrays in I was here. Each generation’s signs and “tags” are products of their own time, while carrying with them meanings from generations now past.
Öhrnberg’s exhibition continues in the Manor House grounds – or more precisely on the eastern side of the main building, at the beginnings of the Ladybird Trail that winds its way through the forest. In the exuberantly coloured Circle Dance sculpture we return to childhood games in which human and nature pranced merrily together. Join the circle and listen to what the trees have to tell you!
Katja Öhrnberg graduated as a visual artist from Art School MAA in 1994. She has also studied at Lahti Art Institute and St. Petersburg Academy of Arts. Öhrnberg’s works have been shown in Finland and the other Nordic countries.