“Without images, melodies or languages worth loving and worshipping, we would lose the ability to withstand existence.”
Ville Andersson (b. 1986), a finnish mixed media artist, has chosen as main tool ink, acrylic paint and occasionally photography. Despite the variation of mediums, his art preserves a poetic elegance: his work is characteristically monochromatic and, contrarily the actual contemporary art trend based on rationality and usefulness, prefers melancholy and introspection. It’s an alternative point of view, where the artist finds space for a minimalistic refinement, far from radical messages and shocking purposes.
The grace of his subjects is an unique and refreshing approach, his compositions reveal an impressive maturity also noticeable in his poetic writing, which are considered by the artist as an equal part of his artistic production.
Andersson’s real aims are black and white attempts to exorcise the darker corners of our psyche. His ink work is composed by series of pen strokes creating a complete structure, often provided with a dramatic nuance expressed by the blakced out faces, the blinded eyes and twisted bodies: his figures literally scream their despair, like trapped souls in an empty, white limbo.
“A work is not just a visual representation, but more akin to a mediator between prayer and hope. The image should not be defined solely by its aesthetic properties, but rather by the overall impression it gives. Appearance and style are important to me, and although I aim to produce visually interesting work, work that creates mood through style, and meaning through form, the true meaning of my work remains rooted in the unseen. I want to portray visions and images hidden behind the visible world. Images emerge from somewhere beyond consciousness and connect with our material reality, then continue and carry the imagination and emotions far beyond this plane of existence. To an extent, these images operate in something of a dream world lodged somewhere in the hidden depths of the mind, giving unconscious impulses and premonitions for our consciousness to interpret.”
(From ‘Between Light and Darkness’ catalogue, 2011)