- Elena Berg Osterdahl
Rust, Patina and Passion…
From dirty metal, I craft shimmering shapes that seduce with the pure elegance.
Rust is metal decomposing, like a flower that fades.
I find my inspiration in nature. That's how it started- I found a rusty piece of metal. Where it came from and how long it was there, I do not know, but with its patina and various layers of rust, it seduced me. The sheet was hard and dirty, gave me blisters, cuts and burns. But the passion and curiosity took me further, my first creation was a lily.
This is how I work. With contrasts in form and material, turning on traditional concepts, I let myself get seduced…
One cloudy Autumn day in October when the trees were bear, I found Snauvalds.
This little farm felt like it had been forgotten for decades. The garden was completely wild with old fruit trees. Towering trees were covering the buildings. I didn’t know anything about Snauvalds, but I could feel my soul calming as I stepped into the garden. It was here I wanted to build my creative space and home!
This was October 2013 and in the Spring the work started with two months of clearing out and burning. My thought was to make my studio in the barn, but my better half made me realize it was in too bad a state. So, while we built a new barn and studio, keeping all the old fixtures, I started working in the woodshed.
Since 2016 I’ve been welcoming curious visitors to my studio to see my creations, and for those who would like to try themselves, I also lead workshops in making “flowers from metal.”
Today I weld my flowers at the same place where the old cow “Flower” once stood. I hammer my metal on the anvil of my father who passed away way too early, and I live in ”Cat Annie’s” house, who I’ve got to know from all the stories being told by passerby, wishing us welcome to the farm. This place has many stories and now I’m creating new ones…
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