Kia Eriksson

My art practice centers around absurdity. Like melodies played out of tune, my sculptures speak to what is beautiful and nonsensical in everyday life.   

Louis Carroll’s heroic character, Alice said, “if I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense.” Leaning into this irrationality, my art practice is a form of ritual and play, where reality and imagination collide. This allows me to explore dualities of tension and tranquility, allure and ugliness, the ordinary and extraordinary.  

 

I am captivated by domestic and industrial materials - their mundane, inexpensive, and manufactured essence. Even when labeled as disposable, these materials can be reborn and transformed, emerging as something otherworldly. These anti-heroic forms are made in obvious ways, without mystery, allowing them to exist in authentic and awkward conditions. Their meaning resides in their rawness and vulnerability. They stay in a continuous flux of appearing both finished and under development.   

The process behind the work is revealed through the traces of the body lingering behind in the materials. Evidence of past touch - drilling, wrapping, knotting, and tearing material - uncovers the anxieties left behind. Similar to a performance, this process embraces accidents and chance, without being exact or precise. My “deskilling” approach speaks to approximation - I work quickly, without an established technique, seeking immediate solutions. Like Alice, my art seems child-like - ambiguous while free from limitations.  

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Scandinavian Living

Installation

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Left

Noormarkku

wire, rod, yarn, duct tape, gesso, enamel paint, found materials

2021

00" x 00"

Right

Stubbrodsel

Wire, garbage bag, fabric, yarn

2021

31" x 20" x 18"

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Rokke

Wire, canvas, yarn gesso, found material

2021

18" x 13" x 28"

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Left

Klappa
Ikea bags, wire, fabric, fiberfill, polypropylene rope

2021
50” x 13” x 12”

 

Middle
Nikula
Pirkka bag, wire, fabric, yarn, clothespins

2021
56” x 14” x 13”

Right

Gäddede
Wire, toy blocks, fabric, yarn, plastic, newspaper, acrylic paint, safety reflector of the Finnish parliament

2021
49” x 15” x 13”

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Syskon

wire, newspaper, fabric, gesso

2021

various

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Grymyr

wire, fabric, yarn, string, gesso, fiberfill, canvas, found materials

2021

17" x 14" x 18"

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Stråsjö

Cardboard, enamel paint, tape

2021

various

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Krackelbaken
Marimekko tote bag, wire, basket, fabric, yarn, barricade tape, Finnish postcard 

2021
19” x 18” x 17”

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Floghult
UV shield pipe, wire, fabric, yarn, Suomi-pin, stockings, fiberfill

2021
19” x 20” x 17”

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Detail

Smörmyr
Pallets, plaster, acrylic paint, cardboard, yarn, rope 
2021
87” x 22” x 76”

Contact

kiaeriksson.com

@kiaerikssonstudio