Cecilia Edefalk, Ich bin tot, 2005 © Cecilia Edefalk. Courtesy Brändström & Stene. Silver gelatin photograph on fibre paper in 5 lengths, 300x550 cm. Installation view: Ich bin tot, Brändström & Stene, 2005. Photo: Carl Henrik Tillberg.

Cecilia Edefalk

The object of Cecilia Edefalk’s works of art is representation in painting. Hers is an investigative study in which she frequently employs a photographic image as the model for her paintings; stills, for example, from films and adverts.

Minor but significant alterations of content, context and accentuation occur in the paintings, which serve not only to pose questions about painting and representation as such but also the screen through which we experience reality.

Her work can therefore also be said to explore seeing itself and the perception of the real world. By consistently making use of “an image of an image of an image…”, she both empties the image of its original meaning and simultaneously creates a new one. When, on occasion, she partitions the image into various surfaces in an intricate fashion, our ability to comprehend is shattered like a broken mirror and we are invited to reflect on our own natures.

What is it we actually see? Surfaces. But under these surfaces lie layer upon layer of meaning – as when Edefalk makes a painting of a photograph of one of her own sketches. We can become lost in the history of the painting’s creation and realise that there is not only one distinct experience or interpretation of the work but several – depending on which image one chooses to start from.

Cecilia Edefalk

Born 1954 in Norrköping.
Lives and works in Stockholm.


Linjen för måleri. Kungl. Konsthögskolan/ Fine Arts Programme. Royal University College of Fine Arts, Stockholm

Linjen för konst. Birkagårdens Folkhögskola, Stockholm

Linjen för grafisk formgivning. Konstfack/ Graphic design. University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm.

Selected solo exhibitions

Focus, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago [US]

Skiss för en målning, Ich bin tot, Galleri Brändström & Stene, Stockholm

Bern Kunsthalle, Bern [CH]/ Moderna Museet, Stockholm

Selected group exhibitions

Documenta 11, Kassel [DE]

Mirrors Edge, Bildmuseet Umeå, Vancover Art Gallery, Vancover [CA], Castello di Rivoli, Torino [IT], Tramway, Glasgow [GB], Charlottenborg, Köpenhamn/ Copenhagen [DK]

22nd Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo [BR]

Selected bibliography

Irene von Hardenberg, Künstlerinnen, New York, Berlin, Paris, foto/photo Reto Guntli, Gerstenberg Verlag, 2005.

Cecilia Edefalk – Nya Verk, Konstnärsmöte, 19 april kl.18.30, Samtal med Marianne Hultman, Norrköpings Konstmuseum 2005.

Magnus Bons, Att återge en bild. Användning av måleri och fotografi hos Cecilia Edefalk, Uppsats i filosofisk estetik, Stockholms universitet, 2005.

Mario Kramer, Vitamin P – New Perspectives in Painting, Phaidon Press, 2002.

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