Bold colours and endless rows and branchings of leaves characterise the work of Swedish artist Linnéa Andersson. It is a motif that has followed Linnéa since 2017 and which she has continuously expanded and evolved. “It’s something with the shape that has an endless amount of opportunities. Even though I work with repetitions I never get bored. And even though something might look the same at first sight it never is,” she says.
Linnéa grew up in a small coastal town but has been situated in Gothenburg for the past 15 years as she moved here to study art and design. She had always known that she wanted to work with colours in some way or another, but it was not until her last year at university that she found her own voice in painting.
To Linnéa, the act of painting is an investigation between balance, rhythm and colour: A continued exploration of how far she can reach with as few elements as possible. “A kind of minimalism as maximalism.”
Where it starts
“Inspiration is more about a mindset rather than looking at things,” Linnéa shares and continues: “My inspiration comes from meditation, running and keeping my head clear. When I have a clean slate in my mind I can start putting shapes onto the paper, canvas or wall.”
When she takes on a new project — whether it is a painting, a sculpture or, her favourite, a mural — it most likely starts with a shade of colour that she wants to go further into. “I ask myself: How do I make this become the most of itself? How can I make this interesting?”
From there, Linnéa begins her work and she rarely takes time to sketch her ideas out beforehand. She realised that she does not want to take the easy way out, and it is a way for her to keep the journey of creating interesting.