The sculptures that have captivated my interest all contain some form of spirituality. A natural and important – but often overlooked – aspect of life.
Artist: Peter Wiklund
In the book Ängelen, I have used sculpture and nature as my subjects, with the goal of creating open, inviting images – where the atmosphere is the essential element. But even though the subjects primarily serve as tools in my creative process, sculptures depicting people have a clear connection to photographs: in both cases, it’s about capturing time. Preserving moments for the future.
The sculptures that have captivated my interest all contain some form of spirituality. A natural and important – but often overlooked – aspect of life. When I’ve approached them, I have used an exploratory method, where I intuitively look for the parts, angles and lighting that illustrate and emphasize the spirituality. I extract a piece of the sculpture and its surroundings and turn it into an image. Not a mere representation.
I have worked in nature in the same way. I have chosen objects, environments and conditions that can visualise spirituality there as well. The elusive and uncontrollable greatness beyond matter.
The allure of the uncontrollable has also guided my choice of technique, where analogue methods with various experimental elements have given chance a significant role. A liberating way of working. Surrendering to chance is surrendering to life.
The texts in the book are excerpts from poems by Willy Granqvist (b. 1948, d. 1985).
© Peter Wiklund
Curator : Ecaterina Rusu