NORWAY – Images of real life interpreted through the eyes of contemporary oil painter Emmy Andersson will be on exhibit throughout the month of March in the Community Gallery at Café Nomad.

A Western Maine Art Group member and director, Andersson draws inspiration from real-life objects and situations, which she turns into slightly distorted and sometimes oddly interpreted shapes and forms. Most inspiring to the Sweden-born artist are people and other life forms in motion.

The ultimate challenge for Andersson is to capture movement – something she often conveys by using strong colors and shapes not naturally expected to accompany the person or object. This gives many of her images a slightly unorthodox and contemporary feel.

“I strongly believe that the art culture in Oxford Hills is one of the more pronounced in the region. It seems to me that the community that was founded here in the earlier 20th century never lost its spark, and is actually sprouting anew. The energy that Norway alone is emitting is extremely inspiring,” said Andersson. She hopes her work will generate discussion and reflections.

Andersson has shown and sold her art in Maine and Vermont, and in her homeland of Sweden for the past five years. She exhibited in the Norway Sidewalk Art Show for the first time in 2007, when she also joined the WMAG as an artist and member of the board of directors. In addition, Andersson won Best of Show in the 2007 Moore Park Art Show in South Paris for a self-portrait.

Born in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 1980, Andersson now lives and paints at Valhalla Fields Farm in Poland. She came to the United States on a soccer scholarship to play for Green Mountain College, Vermont, where she met her future husband and discovered her love for contemporary art.

To view representations of Andersson’s work, log on to www.valhallafields.com/emmy.html.


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