THE WOMAN IN THE STONE






























































THE WOMAN IN THE STONE
“Perception of time and space”. This is the title of Lena Mattsson’s three moving image projections which were exhibited during the Light Art Festival on the Island of Light, Smögen, in September 2019. All represented one and the same woman (Amanda Cataldi), in two cases her face only, but in one case a complete figure, dressed in a bright red dress toning in with the pale red stone of the cliff walls onto which the image was projected. She looks at us, the spectators. She moves slowly in a wavelike motion down to the water, appears to pick something up then seems to drop it back into the water. In typical Mattsson style there is a concrete background to the movement, at the same time as it is abstracted so the spectator is not bound to a single interpretation. The place where the woman appears to be standing is a place where the locals fish for crabs: they fish for them and then release them into the water again.
Perhaps Mattsson, who grew up in the neighbourhood, has childhood memories of crab fishing in this location. That there is a personal connection to the place is even clearer in the first of the three female forms, where she appears only as a face – a face that looks wide-eyed back at the spectators, with cracks crisscrossing, which derive from both the concrete cliff face and the projected film images. The work is accompanied by a dreamy musical strain by the composer Conny C-A Malmqvist; the sound of stone being cut occasionally breaks through, and in the image the shape of a man, a stone cutter, emerges. Most certainly there are stone cutters in the Mattsson family too – but it has also been long-established as primary employment in the area in general. Again there is a connection to the location itself as well as a personal one.
The illuminated woman’s face seems to emerge from the stone, to be it, but is something larger than the present and the recent history. The stone is millions of years old. The woman looks at us wondering, searching, at one point tears run down the cheeks and she wipes them away – or is it just the water we see dripping towards the lower part of the image? A crab appears from above moving diagonally over the face. The woman wears red lipstick, she is strikingly beautiful. In the complete figure with the red dress she is like life itself. She cups her hands in the water and appears to offer us something as she rises up. Standing she has a crack across her face. The cracks in her make her more fragile yet. Life is delicate. But it goes on. The woman’s challenging gaze makes us reflect upon our own life, a fart in the universe as they say, but we still have the ability to act, and break the stone. 
We are at the mercy of the woman and her power. It was in a way very appropriate that it rained and stormed over Smögen during the festival. In the dark and with the winds it was almost dangerous to walk out onto the jetty to look at the third figure, once again an image of the woman’s face, projected on a rock out in the water – until the storm claimed the projector which disappeared into the waves. The strength in the face which glows white against the stone, and looks seriously at the visitors with the waves whipping around them, is not to be missed. One can compare it to a siren, a dangerous figure that lures seafarers often causing them to founder. 
The fact that it is a woman that is chosen to model for the project, and who gives life to the stone at the same time as the stone gives life to her, can be understood on different levels, and of course is mainly based on Mattsson’s own gender. Her own past too is in the cliffs. But it is also inevitably a statement that it is the woman who symbolises nature and life. That nature is described as a woman – “mother earth” – who is exploited in a patriarchal society, is not unusual. But this woman stares back. “Who are you?” she seems to say. She offers resistance. So the meeting with her also becomes a meeting with myself. What am I doing with my life?
It should be said however that the meeting with Lena Mattsson’s three female figures is also an aesthetic experience in its own right. The enlarged face in the first setting shimmered with different facets of colour against the stone. As water is a recurring and bearing element in Lena Mattsson’s art, the rain during the exhibition in Smögen was most appropriate – the wet stone shimmering like silver. Naturally the figures can also be viewed without the rain and wind. But the conditions surrounding the display play a part in this location-specific work of art. Like a wave, it moves uninterrupted from here and now to a much larger space, and to a time that extends far beyond the beginning of our lives, and back again. You could perhaps call it “Larger than life”.    

Charlotte Wiberg 
Film and art critic


Photo: 1-4 Siri Linde
Photo: 5 Malin Nilsson

Installation view “Perception of time and space” by Lena Mattsson

Music: Conny C-A Malmqvist
Island of Light Smögen 2019, Hästen, Vallevik, Smögen
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Film documentation of Perception of time and space at Island of Light Smögen 2019




Lena Mattsson
Perception of time and space
Monumental audiovisual projection in 3 parts by Lena Mattsson
at Island of Light, Smögen 12-15 September 2019
Music: Conny C-A Malmqvist
Film documentation: Stella Jaskoviak Åstrand, Lena Mattsson
Still picture: Malin Nilsson
Editing and sound: Lena Mattsson
Music: Conny C-A Malmqvist
Copyright: Lena Mattsson 2019
Lena Mattsson's new films "Perception of time and space" are site-specific and edited to be projected on the islands of Hästen, Vallevik and Smögens cliffs to collaborate with the shape and historical context of the red Bohuslän granite cliffs. The films reveal the common identity that we share in the experience and memory of the landscapes we come from, which in this particular case is also her own origin.
While highlighting the natural and cultural landscape, and the importance of the environmental aspect for its survival, the films problematize a romantic nature experience through various distortions, interpretations and questioning of the original site. Instead, we are allowed to enter as visitors into a magical world, a place poetry that can only be understood in an interweaving of history and present where we acknowledge humility for nature and for each other.
Lena Mattsson is an artist, being born and having grown up in Kungsham, “Gravarne”, at Tången in Springet. She partially has her origin in the famous stone cutter family Lundgren, who has created many well-known stone sculptures for many established artists. Her grandfather Helge was one of the Lundgren siblings, who early on began cutting stone as to provide for the family. Helge, who was a stone cutter until his too early death, is part of one of the movies. Being a stone cutter was hard life, if one wants to know more about the Lundgren family one can read one of the books from the author Arne Lundgren, for example ”Sprickorna i fars händer”. 
The music to ”Perception of time and space” by Lena Mattsson is composed by the musician Conny C-A Malmqvist.

https://www.lenamattsson.net
https://www.lenamattsson.tv
http://islandoflight.se/program/artists-2019/

Perception of time and space


















Lena Mattsson – SWE Perception of time and space – Monumental audiovisual projection in 3 parts Music: Conny C-A Malmqvist

Lena Mattsson's new films "Perception of time and space" are site-specific and edited to be projected on the islands of Hästen, Vallevik and Smögens cliffs to collaborate with the shape and historical context of the red Bohuslän granite cliffs. The films reveal the common identity that we share in the experience and memory of the landscapes we come from, which in this particular case is also her own origin.

While highlighting the natural and cultural landscape, and the importance of the environmental aspect for its survival, the films problematize a romantic nature experience through various distortions, interpretations and questioning of the original site. Instead, we are allowed to enter as visitors into a magical world, a place poetry that can only be understood in an interweaving of history and present where we acknowledge humility for nature and for each other.

ISLAND of LIGHT, SMÖGEN AN INTERNATIONAL LIGHT ART FESTIVAL 12-15 SEPTEMBER 2019 SMÖGEN - BOHUSLÄN - SWEDEN 20.00 - 24.00 EVERY NIGHT

Installation view, Vallevik, Hästen, Smögen Photo: Malin Nilsson

Island of Light, Smögen by Lena Mattsson





















































Installation views, Vallevik, Hästen, Smögen. Photos: Charlotte Wiberg & Siri Linde





Film trailerPerception of time and space by Lena Mattsson, Music Conny C-A Malmqvist


Lena Mattsson's new films "Perception of time and space" are site-specific and edited to be projected on the islands of Hästen, Vallevik and Smögens cliffs to collaborate with the shape and historical context of the red Bohuslän granite cliffs. The films reveal the common identity that we share in the experience and memory of the landscapes we come from, which in this particular case is also her own origin.

While highlighting the natural and cultural landscape, and the importance of the environmental aspect for its survival, the films problematize a romantic nature experience through various distortions, interpretations and questioning of the original site. Instead, we are allowed to enter as visitors into a magical world, a place poetry that can only be understood in an interweaving of history and present where we acknowledge humility for nature and for each other.

Lena Mattsson is an artist, being born and having grown up in Kungsham, “Gravarne”, at Tången in Springet. She partially has her origin in the famous stone cutter family Lundgren, who has created many well-known stone sculptures for many established artists. Her grandfather Helge was one of the Lundgren siblings, who early on began cutting stone as to provide for the family. Helge, who was a stone cutter until his too early death, is part of one of the movies. Being a stone cutter was hard life, if one wants to know more about the Lundgren family one can read one of the books from the author Arne Lundgren, for example ”Sprickorna i fars händer”. 

The music to ”Perception of time and space” by Lena Mattsson is composed by the musician Conny C-A Malmqvist. 

Lena Mattsson – SWE 
Perception of time and space – Monumental audiovisual projection in 3 parts 
Music: Conny C-A Malmqvist

ISLAND of LIGHT, SMÖGEN
AN INTERNATIONAL LIGHT ART FESTIVAL 
12-15 SEPTEMBER 2019
SMÖGEN - BOHUSLÄN - SWEDEN
20.00 - 24.00 EVERY NIGHT

Perception of time and space














Lena Mattsson's new films "Perception of time and space" are site-specific and edited to be projected on the islands of Hästen, Vallevik and Smögens cliffs to collaborate with the shape and historical context of the red Bohuslän granite cliffs. The films reveal the common identity that we share in the experience and memory of the landscapes we come from, which in this particular case is also her own origin.
While highlighting the natural and cultural landscape, and the importance of the environmental aspect for its survival, the films problematize a romantic nature experience through various distortions, interpretations and questioning of the original site. Instead, we are allowed to enter as visitors into a magical world, a place poetry that can only be understood in an interweaving of history and present where we acknowledge humility for nature and for each other.
Lena Mattsson is an artist, being born and having grown up in Kungsham, “Gravarne”, at Tången in Springet. She partially has her origin in the famous stone cutter family Lundgren, who has created many well-known stone sculptures for many established artists. Her grandfather Helge was one of the Lundgren siblings, who early on began cutting stone as to provide for the family. Helge, who was a stone cutter until his too early death, is part of one of the movies. Being a stone cutter was hard life, if one wants to know more about the Lundgren family one can read one of the books from the author Arne Lundgren, for example ”Sprickorna i fars händer”. 
The music to ”Perception of time and space” by Lena Mattsson is composed by the musician Conny C-A Malmqvist. 

Lena Mattsson – SWE 
Perception of time and space – Monumental audiovisual projection in 3 parts 
Music: Conny C-A Malmqvist

ISLAND of LIGHT, SMÖGEN
AN INTERNATIONAL LIGHT ART FESTIVAL 
12-15 SEPTEMBER 2019
SMÖGEN - BOHUSLÄN - SWEDEN
20.00 - 24.00 EVERY NIGHT

Perception of time and space




Film trailer: Perception of time and space by Lena Mattsson Island of Light, Smögen, Sweden 12-15 September 2019. 
Film trailer by Lena Mattsson Music by Conny C-A Malmqvist

PROGRAM Island of Light 2019, 12th to 15th of september, will have the participation of real world class light artists presenting monumental light projections, interactive light art and light installations that can be seen from land and from the sea. The light art will be shown between 8 pm and 12 pm every evening. Be ready to be blown away!
Lena Mattsson – SWE Perception of time and space – Monumental audiovisual projection in 3 parts 
Music: Conny C-A Malmqvist



The Cultural Masturbator has been selected for this years Portobello Film Festival 2019.








The Cultural Masturbator
The Cultural Masturbator a film about Bo Cavefors by Lena Mattsson has been selected for this years Portobello Film Festival and will be shown on Sunday 1 September 2019 at the Muse Gallery, 269 Portobello Road, London, W11 1LR 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

In the film Den kulturelle onanisten (The Cultural Masturbator) Lena Mattsson focuses the camera on questions about censorship; censorship is something both she and Bo Cavefors have been exposed to. She illustrates in an artistic and poetic way, the right to express oneself in words and images. 

The film has English subtitles and is 34:20 minutes long.

See the film The Cultural Masturbator by Lena Mattsson on Vimeo https://vimeo.com/330307220

The music is composed by Conny C-A Malmqvist and Andi Almqvist.



In the garden of life





In the garden of life 
Video projection & photo by Lena Mattsson 2019

THE TRIENNIAL OF EXPANDED MEDIA



THE TRIENNIAL OF EXPANDED MEDIA 

April 18 – May 13, 2019, Belgrade, Serbia

The Triennial will be held in the Art Pavilion “Cvijeta Zuzoric”

Opening 18 april 2019, 16:00 – 21:00 

Truth is in the eye of the beholder by Lena Mattsson, Sweden 2018.
1920 × 1080, HD Video, MPEG-4-film, 01:17 min loop.
Truth is in the eye of the beholder by Lena Mattsson is inspired by Ruth Hubbard’s essay, “Science, Facts and Feminism”, and explores Hubbard’s thesis that the perception of truth is subjective.



Island of Light, Smögen



  AN INTERNATIONAL LIGHT ART FESTIVAL 12–15 SEPTEMBER 2019 SMÖGEN - BOHUSLÄN - SWEDEN

Coming soon, a new film and light installation by Lena Mattsson on the island Smögen 









Perception of time and space
Monumental audiovisual projection in 3 parts by Lena Mattsson
at Island of Light, Smögen 12-15 September 2019
Music: Conny C-A Malmqvist


Installation view, Vallevik, Hästen, Smögen 
Photo: Lena Mattsson, Siri Linde, Charlotte Wiberg, Malin Nilsson

During Island of Light, the unique rock formations, the famous pier and the narrow streets of Smögen, as well as the skies and the sea will form the backdrop for interactive light art, light installations and light projections of monumental proportions. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy this art experience from guided boat tours on the sea.

Malmö City

New music video directed and edited by Lena Mattsson 
with the punk icon Stry Terrarie Kanarie