Gether Contemporary is proud to present the Norwegian artist Yngvild Saeter in her first solo exhibition in the gallery Supernova. Demons and deities are depicted through blazing airbrush on interconnected body parts of motorcycles, pierced by piercings and chains and lined with soft fur under the tough exterior. Yngvild Saeter’s sculptural works tell a deeply personal story with references to punk and the ‘straight edge’ culture and a near-death experience as a result of a brain surgery gone wrong.
The shield-like sculptures express at once something wild and disturbing, and at the same time something protective with their soft furry interior. Yngvild Saeter’s works challenge the traditional media and through their mysterious forms and images bring to mind a strange kind of heraldry or altarpieces depicting spiritual beings half of this world, half of the next.
The works refer to the fragility of life seen through our perishable bodies, and to Saeter’s encounter with her own mortality in a moment hovering between life and death. They are the image of Saeter’s own struggle for survival, of finding strength through her own inner world, and of man’s social and cultural connection to the spiritual realm beyond our horizon.
Yngvild Saeter has previously solo exhibited with Andréhn-Schiptjenko in Stockholm and at group shows at Orange Garden x Postmasters Gallery in Rom, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Den Frie Udstillingsbygning and Kunsthal Aarhus in Danmark. Yngvild Saeter graduated from Valand Academy in Gothenburg in 2014, and she has also studied social and cultural anthropology as well as political science at the University of Oslo. In 2019 Yngvild Saeter received the Sigvard and Marianne Bernadotte Art Award.