Love Dahlstedt's images are based on still lifes composted with objects from the past and present. The themes revolve around untreated fragments of memory, shame and a feeling of not reaching out. Childhood, adolescence and life as a parent. All the things and symbols that shape our lives and that we impose on our children. Collected objects, clutter and dirt. Powerlessness and boredom. Humor and shame. Contemporary symbols that guide us through the adapted everyday life and put an extra burden on our shoulders. Experienced hopelessness and the sudden flashes of light that save the day.
Dahlstedt himself writes about the exhibition DRAWINXX;
Drawing often work poorly with the raking of the artistic aisle. Counteracts ideas and sprains the hand with peeling and pill imitating and the sensitive tips are broken off when trying to be spontaneous. The threshing with sharpening and brushing and the unspoken goal of old habit and the inner demand realism. It is liberating to lie on paper and destroy or cover it with the potential to collect applause. Delete more highlights and dim more shadows. Build richer still lifes. Counteract the tech-savvy and duck seductive tactics.
Love Dahlstedt (b. 1980 in Umeå) is a graduate of the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, Konstfack - University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm and the Graphic Arts School in Stockholm. He has participated in several group and solo exhibitions. He lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.