Artist Statement

With thoughts about uncertainty and loneliness, I keep creating my traveling companions – presenting a logic to persuade and confuse.

A first memory that will never leave me, I wave goodbye to my best friend convinced that when I lose sight of her she will cease to exist. A rock-solid faith that I should have left a long time ago – I was maybe four years old. Or something else, which still does not help me. The feeling of loneliness has come to characterise me.

I began to invent my friends, to keep, through writing, drawing and sculpting. They report their fantasies, because I am always there, present as a best friend or as a non-separable part of what I observe. This way I get insight into private spheres, I see surroundings I cannot possibly visit and lead conversations I would not dream of initiate with anyone living. There is a freedom in experiencing all of this, to become exhausted without moving an inch, to be without a scratch even though I am in the middle of a bloodbath. This self-chosen loneliness is safe, in my creation I am never abandoned. Unless I want to.

Born in 1981, Swedish artist Ida Rödén hold a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Umeå Konsthögskola, a master’s degree in fine arts from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, as well as a master’s degree in the history of art from Stockholm University. She is the recipient of a 2014 one-year working grant from the Swedish Art Grants Committee and her work has been shown nationally and internationally including venues such as Liljevalchs Konsthall in Stockholm, Bildmuseet in Umeå, Sundsvalls Konstmuseum in Sundsvall, OpenART in Örebro, NordArt in Büdelsdorf, Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen, The FILE Electronic Language International Festival in Sao Paolo, Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle, and the Wattis Institute in San Francisco. She lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.

  • March 20th, 2011