Biography

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Frida Fjellman installing her work

The environments that Fjellman builds are replete with flora and fauna native to Sweden, however each element of design appears as a hyper-version of itself, refracted in the mind of the artist. Fjellman's sculptures in particular are so intricately detailed down to the palpable expressions of her lemmings, dogs, beavers, bears and ghosts, that they can at times border on the grotesque.  Fjellman painstakingly reproduces the details of each animal's expression and posturing to elicit careful, up-close observation by her audiences with the objective of triggering an emotional response. To this effect, Fjellman creates immersive surrealistic and introspective dreamscapes, with elements keying into latent feelings of joy or terror.

Fjellman's design-oriented installations are a microcosm of her more elaborate tableaus, and they resonate with a more acute and focused emotional effect.  Several of Fjellman's site-specific architectural installations have been designed around the artist's association between the dynamism of cloud systems and the cultivation of thoughts and ideas. In several iterations, Fjellman has produced suspended, swirling and whimsical skyscapes from brightly patterned acrylic glass and neon, which simultaneously represent both the essence and the manifestation of Fjellman's creativity. Additionally, Fjellman has produced a series of prismatic glass chandeliers, another project that plays upon the wonderment of suspended artwork, to the simple effect of creating spectacle: Fjellman, inspired by the form and color emeralds among other gems, formulated that if she created gems of increased size, so too would increase the proportion of the spectacle of these treasures.

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Frida Fjellman installing her work in our location at 51 East 10th Street

Fjellman's diverse and provocative projects executed with impressive versatility across multiple media have made her a standout contemporary artist both in Sweden and internationally. Fjellman has been the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards, and her captivating artworks have been placed in prestigious public and private collections and institutions, including The Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, The Röhsska Museum in Gothenburg, The American Museum of Glass in New Jersey, and notably a cheeky Bichon Frise which Fjelmman calls Alicia can be found to guard the entrance to the Supreme Administrative Court in Stockholm.

Frida Fjellman is a multi-talented artist and designer living and working in Stockholm, Sweden. Taking inspiration from the Scandinavian eco-system and considering her experience of both its biological and emotional components, Fjellman processes and compounds this information into immersive, fantastical tableaus that are constructed with expert artistry across several types of media in combination, including glass, ceramic, wood and neon. Representing hyper-realistic flora and fauna as well as her own biomorphic and surrealist designs, her installations are vivid, effective and cohesive wonderlands that demand exploration.

Born in 1971 in Mariestad, Fjellman took to working with clay from a young age, attending local ceramics classes with her father. A course at the Community College Helliden with renown Rörstrand designer Inger Persson solidified Fjellman's interest in the medium. The focus of Fjellman's studies later expanded to include courses in glasswork at The Corning Studio in New York in 2000 and in neon at the Pilchuck School of Glass in Washington from 2003-2004.

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Frida Fjellman in her studio

 

Fjellman's current projects are a testament to her varied education; her expertly detail-laden sculptures in glass and ceramic are individually hand sculpted or mouth blown. Fjellman's works are undoubtedly strong enough to stand alone, but it is the scope of her tableaus in particular, complete with elaborate decor, that demonstrates Fjellman's proficiency across an astounding amount of media.

At the core of Fjellman's installations are a clear divergence from the subtle minimalism that characterizes most traditional and contemporary Swedish art and design. Fjellman was drawn to these deviating themes and practices out of a rebellious desire to tackle figurative studies, namely the study of animals, because it was considered "tacky and vulgar" and ultimately taboo within the greater artistic community. Fjellman began experimenting with her own perception of the Swedish aesthetic, appropriating and subverting the traditional elements of Swedish design and typified beauty to create highly personal sculptures and installations, which are in many ways evocative of the Northern Swedish landscape.

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Frida Fjellman
Born in 1971 in Mariestad, based in Stockholm

Education
2005    3-month Scholarship at the Creative Glass Center of America, Millville 
2003-04 Pilchuck School of Glass, Washington
2000    Corning, The Studio, New York
1998    Minor Field Study in Thailand
1998    Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, MFA from the
​                 Department of Ceramics and Glass, Stockholm
1992    Hellidens College, Craft Work, Tidaholm

Awards and Scholarships
2016    Form’s top ten Nordic Projects from 2016
​            Formex Formidable
2015    Konstnärsnämnden 5-Year Working Grant
2010    Erik Höglund Scholarship
​            Carl-Axel Valèns Foundation Grant
2009    Årets Konsthantverkare Residence
​            Konstnärsnämnden 2-Year Working Grant
​            IASPIS International Cultural Exchange
2007    Stockholm City Cultural Award
2006    Irma and Einar Forseth Kulturfond
2005    The Creative Glass Center of America 3-Month Working Grant
​            IASPIS International Cultural Exchange
2004    Pilchuck School of Glass General Scholarship
​            Konstnärsnämnden 2-Year Working Grant
​            IASPIS International Cultural Exchange
2003    Pilchuck School of Glass General Scholarship
​            IASPIS International Cultural Exchange
2002    Konsthantverkets Vänner
2000    Konstnärsnämnden Project Grant
1999    Masonic Cultural Award
​            IASPIS International Cultural Exchange
1998    Konstfacks Funds Graduate Scholarship
​            Estrid Ericson Memorial Fund Scholarship

Solo Exhibitions
2018    Crystal Atmosphere, Hostler Burrows, New York, NY
2017    Site-specific installation at Four Seasons the Surfclub, Miami, during Art
​                 Basel Miami Beach, in conjunction with NetJets
​            NetJets VIP Lounge, Art Basel Miami Beach
​            NetJets VIP Lounge, Art Basel
​            Une Touche Postmoderniste, Sotheby’s, Stockholm
2016    La Crypte de Velours Bleu, Hostler Burrows, Design Miami 2016
2015-16 Inside the Mind of Frida Fjellman, Gustavsberg Konsthall, Värmdö and
​                 Ekilstuna Konstmuseum, Ekilstuna
2011    Unexpectedly, Skövde Art Hall
2010   Stop Art, Central Hospital in Vasteras  
2009    Top show bloodlines, The White Tube, Oslo and Gallery
​                 IngerMolin, Stockholm  
2008    Gallery Mårtensson-Persson (with Christopher Zetterstrand &
​                 Anders Krisar)
2007    Nocturnal Dreams, Gustavsbergs Konsthall
2006    Glint, Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg
2005    Other Place, Småland Museum, Vaxjo
2004    Borderline, Gallery IngerMolin, Stockholm
2001-02 Lockbon och en koja, Agata, Stockholm and Gallery IngerMolin,
​                 Stockholm
2001    Isfrid, Blås & Knåda, Stockholm

Selected Group Exhibitions
2017    Marie-Antoinette, site-specific installation at Next Level Craft,
​                 Swedish Institute, Paris
​            Design Miami, Hostler Burrows, Miami, FL
​            The Salon Art + Design, Hostler Burrows, New York, NY
​            Design Miami / Basel, Hostler Burrows, Basel, Switzerland
​            TEFAF New York Spring, Hostler Burrows, New York, NY
​            FOG Fair, Hostler Burrows, San Francisco, CA
2016    Paracosm, New Worlds in Glass, Norte Maar, Brooklyn, NY
​            Tillbaka till Framtiden, Österlens Museum, Simrishamn, Sweden
​            Design Miami / Basel, Hostler Burrows, Basel, Switzerland
​            Gränslöst, 1700-tal speglat I nuet, Göteborgs Konstmuseum,
​                 Gothenburg, Sweden
​            Svensk Glaskonst efter 2000, Millesgården, Lidingö, Sweden
​            Örnsbergsauktionen, Stockholm, Sweden
​            Next Level Craft, Swedish Embassy, Washington, DC
2015    Next Level Craft, Travelling exhibition as part of Umeå Culture,
​                 curated by Aia Jüdes and Sanna Haverinen
2014    Zwinger und ich, Ateljé Ö-gruppen, Stockholm
2013    Fine i hyllan, Sigtuna Art Museum and Blås & Knåd, Stockholm
​            Beware of Dog, Studio L2, Stockholm
2012-13 Tingenes Tilstand, ARTendal, Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall, Arendal
2012    All Star Festival, Gallery IngerMonlin, Stockholm
2011    Graft, Gallery Formats 20th anniversary exhibition, Oslo
​            Biennial of Kunsthåndverk & Design 2011, Koldinghus, Kolding

2010    Unexpectedly, with Pia Konig and Marten Medbo, Skovde Konsthall
​            Momentum Design, Point Z, Momentum Art Hall, Moss, Norway
​            Ceramic Context 2010, Bornholm, Denmark
2009    Reymyre Matters, Reymyre Antique, Reymyre  
​            State of affairs, Kulturhuset, Stockholm  
​            Ashes to ashes, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach
​            Irrevent: Contemporary Nordic Craft Art, Yerba Buena Center for the
​                 Arts, San Francisco  
2007    It's not like it was to walk along the beach - Nature as subject in
​                 contemporary Swedish arts and crafts, curated by Love Jönsson
​                 for Dahl's Museum, Eskilstuna Art Gallery and the Röhsska Museum
2007    Present, Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall, Arendal, Norway  
2006-11 Voices, Contemporary Ceramic Art from Sweden, produced by
​                 Inger Molin, Swedish Institute, travelling exhibition throughout
​                 Europe and United States  
2006    Global Views, Heller Gallery, New York  
​            Check-in Europe: Reflecting Identities in Contemporary Art, European
​                 Patent Office, Munich
2005    Cool Liquid, American Museum of Glass, Millville, New Jersey
​            Concept Design - Tankens Form, Nationalmuseum, Stockholm
​            Strata, sculpture House, Stockholm
​            Ductile, Liljevalcs Vårsalong, Stockholm
2004    Vetri.Nel Mondo. Oggi, Instituto Veneto di Scienze e Lettere ed
​                 Arti, Venice
​            Designed in Sweden, the Museum of London
2003    Swedish Style, Swedish Embassy Tokyo and Seoul Design Festival
2001    Crystal Palace
​            Happy Campers, New York
​            Ting Enes tilstand, National Museum, Oslo
​            Stockholm Art Fair, You can do it! Try Art Gallery and Blås & Knåd
​            Skokloster Castle
​            ak28
​            Red Stone

Public Comissions
2017    Trönninge Idrottscenter, Entré, Varberg, Sweden
2016    Entrance of the Munktellbadet, Eskilstuna, Sweden
2015    Women’s Healthcare, BB, BVC, KSS, Skövde, Sweden
2014    Mestefjellets Skole, Larvik, Norway
2011    Forest Nursery, Skovde Cultural Management
​            Morö Backe Preschool, Skelleftea Culture Management
2010    St. Eriks Gymnasium, Stockholm Art (2 Entrances)
2008    Pharmaceutical Centre, Sahlgrenska Hospital, University House
​                 in Gothenburg, Swedish Public Art  
​            CIVA, Uppsala University Hospital, Culture in the county, Uppsala
​                 County Council
2007    Hässelby Gymnasium, Stockholm Art
2005    John Lund Retirement Homes, Haninge
2003    Huddinge Hospital, Stockholm Culture Administration
2002    Uppsala University Hospital, Barnuppvakning, Uppsala County Council  

Museums and Collections
American Museum of Glass, Millville, New Jersey
Nationalmuseum, Stockholm
Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg
Public Art Agency, Stockholm
Stockholm Art Council, Sweden
Eskilstuna Art Museum
Skövde Art Museum
Växjö Glass Museum
The Collection of Vincent Bazin, France
Smålands Museum
Västerås Art Museum
Ebeltoft Glass Museum, Denmark
Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany

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