19 september – 19 oktober 2019

Cecilia Sikström

Bad Boy’s Girls

“I’m not a photographer because when you take a photo you can’t get angry, but with painting you can show anger. As you work with a painting it can develop, like emotions. Painting is not meditative – like knitting for example – it’s the opposite of that. It’s a sickness to paint. I had to force myself out of the studio every night, it is life that pulls me away from painting, otherwise I would have stayed looking at the canvas forever. When I’m gone from the studio for a few days I miss the painting, but out on the street, watching people, that is like a meditation after being with the work. Painting is a form of escaping from life. It’s not just making pictures, if you paint you do things you are not allowed to do. This frustration is in the work, it must be, and it comes out in the movements of the strokes. ”  – Cecilia Sikström