Karoliina Hellberg: Under Margaret’s Bed
Under Margaret’s bed, is the result of a month long residency where Karoliina temporarily moved here studio in Helsinki to Gryfjan in Ásmundarsalur. The exhibition is a paint based installation, with works on canvas and on paper – among other elements.
The ingredients of Karoliina Hellberg’s (born 1987) paintings and works on paper are real and imaginary places, various visual sources and autobiographical elements. Richly detailed interior scenes are among the main themes of her works. The rooms appearing in them function as symbolic and psychological places whose enigmatic atmosphere and narrative tensions lead viewers to the realms of imagination and memories. Despite their size, Hellberg’s small works on paper can be just as intensive as her large paintings. The boundaries of time and place are blurred in her works, and things that are absent gain a strong presence.
Karoliina Hellberg (born 1987) lives and works in Helsinki, she graduated as Master of Fine Arts from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2015 and has also studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London in 2013. She has held solo exhibitions at the Didrichsen Art Museum in Helsinki (2019), the Finnish Institute in St Petersburg (2017), HAM Gallery in Helsinki (2016) and Galerie Anhava in Helsinki (2019). In recent years, her works have also been on show at, among other venues, the CHART Art Fair in Copenhagen (2018), Galleri Kant in Copenhagen (2020), the Kuopio Art Museum in Finland (2018), the Finnish Institute in Stockholm (2017) and Galleri Elverket of the Pro Artibus Foundation in Tammisaari (2016–2017). In 2018, Karoliina Hellberg received the Didrichsen Art Museum’s Pro Arte award. Works by her have been acquired for the collections of the Saastamoinen Foundation, the Päivi and Paavo Lipponen Foundation and HAM Helsinki Art Museum, among others, in addition to private collections in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Belgium and the United States.