Pernilla Iggstrom’s paintings are the result of a process of investigation into her personal cultural heritage – a journey which explores the effect on her own identity of being born into one culture, then subsequently being adopted into another very different one thousands of miles away.
Using source material derived from Pernilla’s personal archive of family albums, she explores both actual and imagined places through the nature/nurture concept where the relation between the past and the present, the communication between the interior and the exterior, and the connection between the physical and the psychological are key.
The painting process allows Pernilla to expand the potential of her ideas – reducing some of the overly specific imagery to something more universally accessible. While the figurative elements contain narratives, the abstracted areas in her paintings explore the emotional and psychological side of an event.
Pernilla’s personal story is of course core, as it motivated her investigations into notions of identity, but there are also far reaching aspects to what she is saying that she wants to address. She hopes that her art will inspire the viewer to reflect on his/her own cultural set up, increase an interest and awareness about him/herself and others and thereby break down stereotypical impressions and pre-conceived ideas.
Inspirational sources include the artists Joseba Eskubi and Mark Rothko. Always at the back of her mind are Candice Breitz’s Factum series which explore the concept of identity in relation to the community, John Kᴓrner’s atmospheric colour grounds, René Magritte, Joan Miró Gerhard Richter and Robert Rauschenberg.