SIRI CARLÉN

Born 1986

“My drawing is about desire. Desire as a vital force. Everything I do is driven by an enormous power of curiosity and inspiration. It starts as observations. I save every moment, exactly everything I see and experience is stored in an inspiration bank. It’s always explosively full. I marvel at the tension between everyday life and imagination. I work intuitively. The distance from idea to action has to be short. I don’t think, I feel my way forwards. I am triggered by different kinds of material. The unique qualities and restraints of the material form the expression. Dry or sticky surfaces, paper that creates its own shapes and contrasts. A tactile processing of impressions. I believe in learning by doing. The hand and intelligence of the body. Language that is absorbed through the skin and the senses, but not easily described. […]

I want to draw all the time. I can only tell stories through images. Describe experiences and places. […]. My stories are not linear. Every image is a whole world. And if I couldn’t get the images out, I would probably explode.” […]

Siri holds a degree in Graphic Design & Illustration from the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design (Konstfack) in Stockholm (2015) and has studied at the Gerlesborg School of Fine Art (Gerlesborgsskolan) and Nyckelviksskolan in Stockholm.

Photo portrait: Henrik Lundell

Siri Carlén Den Tänkande Handen teckning utställning

Siri Carlén

Siri Carlén participates in the scholarship competition and exhibition with seven drawings created 2018–2019.

1. 'Two oaks', dry pastel on paper
2. 'One birch', dry pastel on paper
3. 'One oak', dry pastel on paper
4. 'Colline du Château', dry pastel on paper
5. 'Fondation Maeght', dry pastel on paper
6. 'The door to the balcony', dry pastel on paper
7. 'The houses across the street and the mountains behind', dry pastel on paper


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THE SELECTION COMMITTEE'S MOTIVATION:
In Siri Carlén’s pastel drawings, color radiates against black backgrounds. The carefully studied light captures the very moment of observation. Is it the light of the Mediterranean or Stockholm’s archipelago? The joy of drawing brings about a tactile working of the surface. The images are both snapshots and exacting observations.

1. TWO OAKS
Dry pastel on paper, 2019. Original size 65x50 cm.
2. ONE BIRCH
Dry pastel on paper, 2019. Original size 65x50 cm.
3. ONE OAK
Dry pastel on paper, 2019. Original size 65x50 cm.
4. COLLINE DU CHÂTEAU
Dry pastel on paper, 2019. Original size 33x29 cm.
5. FONDATION MAEGHT
Dry pastel on paper, 2019. Original size 33x29 cm.
6. THE DOOR TO THE BALCONY
Dry pastel on paper, 2018. Original size 29x21 cm.
7. THE HOUSES ACROSS THE STREET AND THE MOUNTAINS BEHIND
Dry pastel on paper, 2019. Original size 29x21 cm.