NORDIC MELANCHOLY. EVA HELENE PADE


“I am interested in the collective structures and narratives that bring meaning to our everyday experiences. As a painter, I want to integrate the observer into my work physically so that they interact with it. I am inspired by art that explores the raw, vulnerable reality of the human psyche“, says Eva Helene Pade. 

She creates large site-specific painting installations that sit at the intersection of painting and sculpture. Pade welds together delicate iron modules which form the skeletal frame of her installations. The iron modules are joined together by hinges, enabling the installations to be taken apart, reconfigured, and reimagined. Pade clads the iron frames with oil paintings on wood panels, ranging from the intimately small to the monumental. Her paintings are figurative and draw on art historical references and styles, particularly Scandinavian and European expressionism. Despite her art-historical roots, Pade’s paintings remain distinctly contemporary. Her paintings present the subtle drama of everyday life and the emotions that arise from the most common human experiences. Pade’s work is underscored by a distinctly Nordic melancholy that lends a fragile air to her painted figures. Space is at the core of her reconfiguration of image as sculpture. The installations morph in size and shape to adapt to their surroundings. The iron structures can take the form of a self-contained room, folding panels in the style of altarpieces, or sliding screens reminiscent of modernist architecture. The installation merges with the exhibition space, wraps around the viewer, painted and physical spaces overlap, multiply, disintegrate, and become entangled. The tension between inner and outer space conceptualised in Pade’s work reflects the boundaries between the private and the public self. 

MISA DISCOVERIES

Pade is part of MISA DISCOVERIES, a format that presents twenty artists from a new generation. The group exhibition at St. Agnes in Berlin consists of individual presentations that have been shaped by the social, cultural and political change of recent years. In each booth, visitors get a deeper insight into the specific work methods and visual language of the young generation of artists. MISA DISCOVERIES offers the chance to discover courageous artistic positions that will have a decisive influence on the art market in the years to come.

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HERE to browse through the available works by Pade that are on view at ST. AGNES until 19 September 2021.

CREDITS

Eva Helene Pade photographey by Nicolai Bo Larsen
Eva Helene Pade photographed by Tine Bek Hansen
Eva Helene Pade, Solo Booth, MISA DISCOVERIES, 2021, photographed by Roman März
Eva Helene Pade, Untitled, 2021
Eva Helene Pade, Untitled, 2021
Eva Helene Pade, Untitled, 2021

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