Joel Åkerman – says: “In my artistry, I explore relationships between organic and artificial. Through the painterly approach, I start my conversation with the materials and create the conditions for life on the canvas. I approach painting like a tapestry, where lost and found threads form an ambiguous map of the creation of the work. When the work comes to life, a question arises: Are we seeing a frozen, fragile, balancing snapshot that loses its footing at any moment? Or is it a monolith, an eternal monument deeply rooted in the soil?”