15 September 2017, 6 pm
Venice, Museum of Palazzo Mocenigo
Sometimes I see beauty in things that other people find strange or are even repulsed by. I become fascinated when there is something you do not want to see and the feeling you get when you do not want to look at something, yet you still do. My jewellery deals with the tension that lies between attraction and repulsion. I take seemingly inappropriate materials, making ordinary and familiar objects seem extraordinary and unfamiliar. In the 18th century many new breeds of animals and plants were discovered and it was the main era of cabinets of curiosities. People collected rarities because it gave them the feeling of being in the presence of something extraordinary and marvellous. The cabinets of curiosities were not meant to sympathize with the creatures on display, only marvel over their oddity. In a world where not many new and exotic breeds are discovered I use dead creatures in my pieces to evoke wonder. The creatures are transformed and reborn; given a new life as objects of astonishment.
Märta Mattsson was born in Stockholm, Sweden and has studied jewellery art at HDK-School of Design and Crafts in Gothenburg, Hiko Mizuno College of Jewellery in Tokyo, Rhode Island School of Design in Providence and at the Royal College of Art in London. She has exhibited her work internationally at galleries and fairs in both solo exhibitions and group exhibitions since 2006. Märta has given workshops and lectures around the theme of her work in countries like China, Belgium, Mexico, USA, Sweden and Chile. Märta’s work is based on the tension that exists between attraction and repulsion. She takes seemingly inappropriate materials, making ordinary and familiar objects seem extraordinary and unfamiliar. She uses materials from dead animals in her pieces to evoke wonder. The creatures are transformed and reborn and are given a new life as objects of astonishment.
Märta Mattsson’ s works are exposed within “TRANSFORMATION. Six Swedish Artists“. Find out more about her watching this video
Admission with invitation until avaiability of seats.