Olof Marsja, b. 1986 in Gällivare, based in Gothenburg, has trained at Konstfack (University of Arts, Crafts & Design) Stockholm, and works mainly with sculptural expressions where the organic, industrially produced and the handmade are put together into ambiguous figures and objects. Here, the carefully carved wood, the cast metal, the hand-blown glass coexist with the found and raw processed materials. In a playful and serious way, he addresses issues of identity, the present and history.
The sculptures that emerge are hybrid figures that slide between categories such as visual arts, crafts, imagination, reality, man and animals. Olof Marsja has recently exhibited at Havremagasinet in Boden, Göteborgs Konsthall, Bonniers Konsthall in Stockholm, 3:e Våningen in Gothenburg, Gallery Steinsland & Berliner in Stockholm, IKOLONI in Malmö, Stenungsunds Konsthall, and Gallery Box in Gothenburg.
Reindeer hide, earthenware, wood adhesive,
carbon fiber, wood, acrylic paint and an iPad,
Handen, Hjärtat och Bältet (Hand, Heart and Belt)
Aluminum, wrought iron, the artist’s childhood belt and silver, 2019