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Sif Itona Westerberg

Sif Itona Westerberg - Immemorial - Installation view -ARoS 2021
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Sif Itona Westerberg - Immemorial - Installation view -ARoS 2021

Sif Itona Westerberg - The Heliades turned into Poplar trees -Aerated concrete, steel bolts, burned wood -160 x 240 x 5 cm
Immemorial - ARoS 2021 (detail)
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Sif Itona Westerberg - The Heliades turned into Poplar trees -Aerated concrete, steel bolts, burned wood -160 × 240 × 5 cm

Immemorial - ARoS 2021 (detail)

Sif Itona Westerberg - Immemorial - Installation view -ARoS 2021
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Sif Itona Westerberg - Immemorial - Installation view -ARoS 2021

Sif Itona Westerberg - Immemorial - Installation view -ARoS 2021
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Sif Itona Westerberg - Immemorial - Installation view -ARoS 2021

Sif Itona Westerberg - House of Dionysus (VI) - Aerated concrete, steel bolts - 181,5 x 220 x 7 cm
Immemorial - Installation view -ARoS 2021
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Sif Itona Westerberg - House of Dionysus (VI) - Aerated concrete, steel bolts - 181,5 × 220 × 7 cm

Immemorial - Installation view -ARoS 2021

Sif Itona Westerberg - Immemorial - Installation view -ARoS 2021
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Sif Itona Westerberg - Immemorial - Installation view -ARoS 2021

Sif Itona Westerberg - Immemorial - Installation view -ARoS 2021
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Sif Itona Westerberg - Immemorial - Installation view -ARoS 2021

Sif Itona Westerberg - House of Dionysus (VII) - Aerated concrete - 165 x 120 x 7 cmHouse of Dionysus, Gether Contemporary 2020
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Sif Itona Westerberg - House of Dionysus (VII) - Aerated concrete - 165 × 120 × 7 cm
House of Dionysus, Gether Contemporary 2020

Sif Itona Westerberg - Installation view -House of Dionysus, Gether Contemporary 2020
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Sif Itona Westerberg - Installation view -
House of Dionysus, Gether Contemporary 2020

Sif Itona Westerberg - Fountain - Installation view - Tranen 2019
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Sif Itona Westerberg - Fountain - Installation view - Tranen 2019

Sif Itona Westerberg - Fountain - Installation view - Tranen 2019
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Sif Itona Westerberg - Fountain - Installation view - Tranen 2019

In the work of Sif Itona Westerberg motives originally taken from antiquity or the middle ages are morphed together in mostly sculptural works and reinterpreted with inspiration from a myriad of styles and times through Westerberg’s contemporary perspective. Meticulously carving out works solely by hand she arcs back to classical techniques but applies them to contemporary industrial materials. Aerated concrete plays an important part in the material make up of her work along with industrial bolts and screws which often pierce the works to serve as methods of hanging or fixing the works. Together these elements create a stark contrast to her refined technique and the classical source material.

Itona Westerberg investigates the personal, cultural and historical markers which makes up humanity’s collective identity, which through time has defined the way we view ourselves in relation to society, class, race, gender, spirituality and nature. Seeking out myth, historical markers and cultural currents and combining them with our contemporary perspectives and current situation she creates a compiled view on the evolution of humanity and takes stock on where we are currently as a society.

Insisting on the interconnectedness of humanity and nature and humanity as being cultivated and existing because of this relation Itona Westerberg’s work bears strong links to the spiritual and natural world. The rise and fall of humanity and a sense of the looming hybris in the light of our global environmental and now also health crisis is an underlying theme permeating her work.

Through reworking classical imagery and morphing it with a multitude of different styles and perspectives Sif Itona Westerberg casts a light on the shadowy, subcultural and suppressed sides of humanity and our society, which in our modern rational world has been pushed aside or ignored.

Sif Itona Westerberg is a visual artist, working and living in Copenhagen. She holds a MFA from The Danish Royal Arts Academy. She works primarily within the field of sculpture, from where she examines new ecologies, relations and aesthetics within the anthropocene area.

Sif Itona Westerberg is included in a number of private and public collections hereunder the collection of The New Carlsberg Foundation and Malmø Kunstmuseum. She has previously exhibited at, among others; Tranen (DK), Malmø Kunstmuseum (SE), Oluf Høst Museet (DK), Gianni Manhatten (A), Latvian Centre for Contemporary art (LVA) , Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art (DK), PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art, (RU), Cassandra Cassandra (CND), Museum of Contemporary Art, (RU), The Aros Triennial; The Garden (DK) The Sculpture Triennial: Becoming Human (DK), Kunsthal Charlottenborg (DK).

Selected Exhibitions & Projects

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Sif Itona Westerberg: Solo Exhibition 'Immemorial' at ARoS

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The House of Dionysus

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Sif Itona Westerberg

Born 1985, Copenhagen

Lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark

Education

2009 – 2014

Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi

Billedhuggerskolen (Martin E. Andersen)

& Skolen for mediekunst (Ann Lislegaard)

2007 – 2009

Det Fynske Kunstakademi (BFA)

Solo exhibitions:

2024

Twin Flame, Double Ruin, Driehaus Museum, Chicago

2022

Yearn!, Gether Contemporary, Copenhagen

2021

Immemorial, ARoS, Århus

2020

The House of Dionysus, Gether Contemporary, Copenhagen

2019

Fountain, Tranen, Hellerup

2017

Cargo Cult, Galleri Jacob Bjørn, Århus

2013

Remains Of Eternity, soloudstilling, OK Corral, Copenhagen

Selected group shows:

2023

Group exhibition 'BLOOM', Gether Contemporary, Copenhagen

Group exhibition 'Shades of Daphne', Kasmin Gallery, New York

2022

Group exhibition 'Metamorphoser' at Sophienholm Kunsthal, Denmark

Group exhibition ‘New Positions’ at Gether Contemporary, Copenhagen

Group exhibition 'Women and Change' at Arken Museum of Modern Art, Denmark

2021

ARVEN - efter Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen, Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen

2020

Shapeshifters, Malmø Kunstmuseeum, Sweden

To The River, Gianni Manhatten, Austria

Marv & sten, Oluf Høst Museet, Denmark

Tværsnit, Søby Sommer Skulptur, Denmark

Idiosynkrasi, Ringstedgalleriet, Denmark

Extemporary, Art out of time II, gruppeudstilling, PERMM, Museum of Contemporarary Art, Russia

Åndemaner, Gether Contemporary, Denmark

Unexpected Encounters, Latvian Centre for Contemporary art, Latvia

2019

Extemporary, Art out of time I, State Museum and Exhibition Center ‘Rosizo’, Russia

Cosmic Existence, Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Denmark

Morph, Cassandra Cassandra, Canada

2018

Kolonien II, Gruppeudstilling, Højdestien, Denmark

Syng os en morgen af lys, fjer og skæl, duo-udstilling med Asbjørn Skou, M100, Denmark

The Origin of who U are right now, Kvadrat16, Denmark

2017

The Garden, Aros Trienale, Denmark

BOFCA, Bienale of Contemporary Arts, Future suburban contemporary, Denmark

Engros, Skulpturi, Denmark

Becoming Human, Odense Skulptur Trienale, Denmark

Virtual Perception, Huset for Kunst og Design, Denmark

Last Minute Buisness, Adult, Denmark

2016

Recollect, Godsbanen, Denmark

Jonas Lund Contemporary Gallery, New Shelterplan, Denmark

2015

Uden Titel 15, Kunsthal Nord, Denmark

Hands Off, Nam Project, milano, Italy

White Energy, Galeri KANT, Denmark

2014

Wax, Flax & Feathers, Sixty Eight, Denmark

Seepage, Westwerk, Germany

Ny Ung Kunst, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Denmark

Prizes:

Det Treårige Arbejdslegat, Statens Kunstfond 2020

Carl Nielsen og Anne Marie Carl-Nilesens talentpris 2019

Collections

Malmø Kunstmuseum, SE

Ny Carlsberg Fondet, DK

AROS Aarhus Art Museum, DK

Art Fairs

2022

Enter Art Fair, DK

Chart Art Fair, DK

2021

Enter Art Fair, DK

Chart Art Fair, DK

Artissima Art Fair, IT

2020

Chart Art Fair