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Maria Ytterlid

Blue Life I, 2018

Painting : aerosol paint, acrylic, ink 38 x 46 x 1.5 cm


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Maria Ytterlid, Blue Life I

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"My Blue Life paintings are a series of acrylic paintings inspired by the seaweed’s organic shapes. One day when I was walking on the beach, I saw these wonderful, dried seaweed organisms that formed winding patterns against the light sand. I photographed a lot of details and have since then reused parts of these as ideas for both ink drawings and paintings. My abstract paintings are built up in different layers. I work with quick, broad gestures to achieve a sense of freedom. Shapes and colors emerge and disappear. I play with similarities and differences in shapes and lines. Every line has its unique character, just like fingerprints, and lives its own life. Underlying layers shine through and create a feeling of several dimensions. I love the light blue color that gives an airy atmospheric feeling as if the seaweed is floating in empty nothingness. The blue can be both a symbol of the sea and the sky but also a vision of higher sacred dimensions. To me, the black ink characters appear as written signs in time and space.
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GALERIA AZUR • Madrid, Spain

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38 x 46 x 1.5 cm
Not framed
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Maria Ytterlid

Maria Ytterlid

Sweden • Born in: 1960


Maria Ytterlid is an abstract artist born in 1960. She lives and works in the countryside on the west coast of Sweden. The proximity to the sea, open landscapes and the forest has been of crucial importance for her artistic development. The organic forms that constantly appear in her abstract drawings and paintings are inspired by the rolling landscape or the winding shapes of the seaweed.

After an introductory year at an art school, she decided to develop her own way of expressing herself. She has completed theoretical studies in art theory and a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Art History. For more than thirty years she has worked as a part-time artist. She also works as a personal assistant to a girl with severe disabilities without speech. Therefore, the wordless communication has been her great interest in recent years. These communication forms include human–human, human–animal and the wonderful world of plant communication.

In 2018 she published a book, Face to Face, with one hundred images of faces in ink and texts about the artistic process. These sketches and paintings are the result of a long-lasting project, that raises thoughts about the silent communication between the faces and the audience.

She is now working on a seaweed project with thirty large-scale ink drawings to be combined with some acrylic paintings with black organic forms. Both this and the Face to Face project are planned for exhibitions.

Themes in Maria's art are related to our climate and our civilization. She studies the forms, movements and forces of nature and how it affects man. Her mission is to make visible the unique character of each person and plant and the interaction between them. The science on the symbiosis between plants has influenced her art in a new optimistic direction.

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