Initially Carlsson would take a potted plant to a selected site. She would then take a plant away from the same site and place it in a different one, and so on in a kind of relay. This project is typical of Carlsson’s oeuvre, in which the artistic process is more important than the final result. “Who Is Watering the Plants?” also has a social and relational dimension, and the project is not managed by Carlsson alone as a lot depends on the commitment of the various council employees involved. During the whole process, the artistic project is continually subject to change.
Plants and greenery are a recurring theme in Carlsson’s art. In the “Grön gardin” (Green Curtain) project she made use of plastic bags and other manufactured material to produce curtains that were put together like foliage in part. She has also presented spatial installations and based works of art on photography. In her art she deals with issues that include home and identity, and themes such as nature and culture.
Born 1971 in Linköping.
Lives and works in Stockholm.
”Bostaden. Arkitekturens sociala landskap”, 40p, Kungl. Konsthögskolan avdelning Arkitektur, Stockholm
Konsthögskolan i Malmö/ MfA,Malmö Art Academy, Malmö
Selected solo exhibitions
Galleri Leena Kuumola, Helsingfors/Helsinki [FI]
Skånes Konstförening, Malmö
Sauna, Bastugatan 1, Stockholm
Selected group exhibitions
Omgivningar, med/with John Håkansson, Passagen, Linköpings konsthall, Linköping
Äga:rum, Galleri Elverket, Ekenäs [FI]
Sisu, Gallerie des Landkreises, Kunstverein Rügen, Putbus [DE]
Maria Hirvi och/and Gun Holmström, äga:rum oma:tila take:place (utst.kat./exh. cat.), www.proartibus.fi, 2005.
“Check in the world is yours”, Joanna Sandell och/and Helena Scragg (red./ed.), Scandinavian Sparks, 2004.
Anna Orrghen, ”Befriande trance på IASPIS, tre aktuella utställningar. Camilla Carlsson ’på väggen’”, Svenska Dagbladet, 2003-11-22.