The first solo exhibition in The Netherlands of Swedish artist Emeli Theander with Hoorn & Reniers is entitled ‘Vivid vacation’. Theander (Göteborg, 1984) graduated in 2012 with professor Valérie Favre in Berlin, where she lives and works since 2003. Her paintings have been shown in solo exhibitions in Berlin, Leipzig, Stuttgart, Seoul and Brussels and she has won both the Dorothea Konwiarz Stipend as the incentive award of The Merkel Collection. Her works make part of collections like SØR Rusche en Reydan Weiss. In her paintings and drawings she combines the poetry of dreams with the wonders of fairy tales, myths and sagas.
The paintings of Emeli Theander show strange theatres in which human vulnerability is playfully put in the foreground. Ghosts, totems and symbols like masks, twins and mirrors invite the audience to enter a world beyond the physical self. Like in myths, sagas and fairy tales, loveliness and heinousness go hand in hand.