Vanja Gyllensköld – says this: “Artistic work during the 80s meant many questions about what art was, its form, expression and place. It was a turbulent era with thoughts, questions, conversations destined to find a starting point for the artistic work. For me, it meant going from imaginative painting to installations, film, objects and then coming back to: How can you paint on a flat surface in this day? I had to sort of start over as if the pictorial language first died and then needed to be re-examined in detail. Two years in Germany, in a different art climate were important, gave other references. A brush, a surface, a color, the striving to create a painting that is accurate but nevertheless has something very open in its expression.”