As well as illustrations she made in 2021 for our book and events programme Amitié celebrating our fiftieth anniversary, there is a series inspired by the love of food, meeting people, fashion and restaurant interiors. This collection, which includes limited-edition screen prints and monotypes, each of which is unique, is the result of a collaboration with the Sebastian Schildt Gallery and its restaurant Oxenstiernan in the Östermalm district of Stockholm. When she agreed to create the visual identity for this establishment, which opened in summer 2021, Stina Wirsén was eager to use her graphic work to reference the countless conversations she had with Sebastian and his chef Elvira on subjects as diverse as natural ingredients, beauty in art, sustainable lifestyles and the amusing shapes of root vegetables. In the visual world she has designed, edible plants become haute couture dresses. With Stina Wirsén, beauty is transcended when it rubs shoulders with ugliness.
It was her boundless curiosity that led Stina Wirsén to immerse herself in graphic art. Since she was able to hold a piece of chalk, Stina has never stopped drawing and painting. But because it is driven by a recurrent desire to start all over again, her encounter with graphic art transformed her artistic practice and prompted her to set off in a new direction. Rising to this new challenge, she trained at Atelier Landberg, a famous printing company which has specialised for decades in screen printing, in Aspudden south of Stockholm.
Stina Wirsén was born in 1968 and lives and works in Stockholm. She is an author, artist and illustrator who works for the press, children’s book publishers and public commissions. A multi-disciplinary artist who always works on several projects at once, she is exhibiting her work until 11 September 2022 with the artist Bea Szenfeld at Örebro Castle in Sweden.
For more information…
- on the artist: www.stinawirsen.se
- on the Sebastian Schildt Gallery: www.gallerisebastianschildt.se
- on the Oxenstiernan restaurant: www.oxenstiernan.se
- Café FIKA opening hours: Wednesday – Sunday / 10:00 – 18:00 + Thursday – Friday until 21:00
- All the artworks are for sale (please contact the artist)