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Stockholm / Sweden

Born in 1983

Helena Johansson Lindell is a Swedish jewellery maker and artist based in Stockholm, known for works made ​​from a feminist, environmental friendly and playful perspective, often using recycled materials from old toys and other plastic products. Her work has been shown in many places around the world, including Velvet da Vinci in San Francisco, USA; ATTA Gallery in Bangkok, Thailand; Galeria Alice Floriano, Porto Alegre, Brazil, and at Talente 2014, during Schmuck Internationale Handwerksmesse in Munich, Germany. She studied Jewellery+Corpus at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts & Design in Stockholm, Sweden and earned a BA in Visual Art from Oslo National Academy of the Arts in Norway.

STATEMENT:

With a lowbrow attitude, a predilection for things kitschy and childish, I make jewellery. I struggle with the hierarchical structures that we are collectively immersed in: the ideas that some things, some ways, and some people are better or worth more than others. In my work I try to embrace the materials, the methods and personal qualities that, from a societal perspective, are considered low class, low status, or bad taste. To own and be those things is my way to try and repeal the prejudice that is a result of those hierarchies

I pick up materials from flea markets and second-hand shops, plastics mostly and occasionally wood – toys and kitchenware. I cut them up and build new shapes from them using a saw, glue, and a file. I enjoy simple and repetitive techniques, as they create space for my intuition. And I enjoy the intimacy that comes from the use of hand tools. The inspiration I find in the material itself.

My intention is to create jewellery that affects the body rather than the intellect. Lust is always present, either as a method or as the shapes turn sensual or erotic. I want my work to infuse a sense of permission, that everything is allowed and without judgment. And I want the work to create ripples of bright, playful and uninhibited creations and actions in the world.


All the artworks are photographed by me, the artist
The portrait of me is taken by Marianne Johansen

Artworks

Event

Art Galleries

Alliages
Atta Gallery
Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus
Galeria Alice Floriano
Galeria de Venus
Galéria Medium
Galeria Reverso
Galleri Hothouse
Galleri NB8
Goldberg Studios
Heidi Lowe Gallery
ICKX Contemporary Jewelry
Lesley Craze Gallery
Studio Gabi-Green
The Atrium Gallery
TINY gallery
V&V Gallery
Velvet da Vinci
Viaduc des Arts
Victoria Sewart Contemporary Jewellery Gallery

Resume

    • Master studies, Jewellery+Corpus, Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts & Design, Stockholm, Sweden
    • BA Visual Art, Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO), Norway
    • Fine Art (exchange), Saimaa University of Applied Sciences, Imatra, Finland
    • Silversmithing/Corpus, Leksands folkhögskola, Leksand, Sweden
    • Metalsmithing, Leksands folkhögskola, Leksand, Sweden
    • Synthetic fruits and transmuted circles, Galeria Alice Floriano, Porto Alegre, Brazil
    • Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, USA
    • OVO, TINY gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
    • Goodbye Kitty, Galeria de Venus, Lisbon, Portugal
    • True Colours (with Jeanette Lafontine), Galleri NB8, Oslo, Norway
    • Gateway Drugs, Hotel Wilshire, Los Angeles; Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, USA
    • Snapshot, Galeria Reverso, Lisbon, Portugal
    • This is not an error msg, Spirit-Stick collective, www.thisisnotanerrormsg.com
      Suspended in Green, Studio 20/17, Sydney, Australia
    • SENSEability, V&V Gallery, Vienna, Austria
    • SENSEability, Victoria Sewart Contemporary Jewellery Gallery, Plymouth, UK
    • ICKX Contemporary Jewelry, Brussels, Belgium
    • SENSEability, Studio Gabi Green, München, Germany
    • Empreintes, Alliages, Lille, France
    • Spectrum, Galeria Reverso, Lisbon, Portugal
    • The Contemporary Jewelry Exchange 2014, www.tje2014.wix.com/thejewelryexchange
      Suspended in Green, Lesley Craze Gallery, London, UK
    • TALENTE 2014, Schmuck Internationale Handwerksmesse, München, Germany
    • Suspended in Green, Studio Gabi Green, München, Germany
    • SCHMUCK-Show 2014, Muffathalle, München, Germany
    • Suspended in Pink/Green, V&V Gallery, Vienna, Austria
    • Pushing Boundaries & Chasing Challenges, International Contemporary Metal Art Exhibition, Beijing, China
    • Suspended in Pink, Viaduc des Arts, Paris, France
    • Suspended in Pink, Heidi Lowe Gallery, Delaware, USA
    • Connecting Identities, Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus, Hanau, Germany
    • Connecting Identities, Skinnarila, Lappeenranta, Finland
    • Suspended in Pink, Studio Gabi Green, München, Germany
    • SCHMUCK-Show 2013, Goldberg Studios, München, Germany
    • Connecting Identities, “DE KOOI”, Hasselt, Belgium
    • Suspended in Pink, The Atrium Gallery, Birmingham, UK
    • Connecting Identities, Galéria Medium, Bratislava, Slovakia
    • Corpus Callosum, Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden
    • Incredible Strange Objects, Cabinet of Curiosity, Stockholm, Sweden
    • “I denne andre verden..”, Graduate Show, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Norway
    • STUNT, Søylegalleriet, Oslo, Norway
    • TOO HOT TO EAT, official opening of Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Norway
    • Stone Matters, Sieraad Jewellery Art Fair, Amsterdam, Holland
    • “Mucho Grande..”, Galleri Hothouse, Oslo, Norway
    • Hudnära by Aviator, Galleri Pannrummet, Lidköping, Sweden
    • Faces & Places, Galleri Hothouse, Oslo, Norway
    • student exhibition curated by Lisa Walker, Röhsska Museet, Gothenburg, Sweden
    • The Box, Galleri Hothouse, Oslo, Norway
    • The Bowl, Galleri Hothouse, Oslo, Norway
    • Känsligt Silver (Sensitive Silver), Graduate Show, Galleri Hagman, Stockholm, Sweden
    • Bättre Begagnat, Leksands kulturhus, Leksand, Sweden
    • Co-operative Craftmyra, Sågmyra, Sweden
    • Inblick, Leksands kulturhus, Leksand, Sweden
    • Jewellery Catwalk, Great Copper Mountain, World Heritage Falun, Sweden
    • Lust as Method, workshop at Galeria Alice Floriano, Porto Alegre, Brazil
    • Interviewed by KALX radio (90.7 FM), University of California, Berkeley, USA
    • Artist talk and tutoring at California College of the Arts, Oakland/San Francisco, USA
    • at Studio 40, Stockholm, Sweden
    • Founder of and curator at TINY gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
    • at Tiny Masters, Stockholm, Sweden
    • Artist talk, Ar.co, Lisbon, Portugal
    • at Snickern, Jönköpings kulturhus, Jönköping, Sweden
    • Teaching Assistant, Manuel Vilhena, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Norway; Ar.co, Lisbon, Portugal
    • Curator Assistant, Karen Pontoppidan, Ädellab – The State of Things, Pinakothek der Moderne, München, Germany
    • 2012 at Studio Målehall, Nässjö, Sweden
    • Artist talk, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Norway
    • Curator, FYAs, Søylegalleriet, Oslo, Norway
    • Shop Assistant, Norway Designs, Oslo, Norway
    • Shop Assistant, National Museum of Art, Architecture & Design, Oslo, Norway
    • at Slöjdglädje Café & Crafts, Rogberga, Sweden
    • at Co-operative Craftmyra, Sågmyra, Sweden
    • at Slöjdglädje Café & Crafts, Rogberga, Sweden
    • Metalsmith Magazine, review by Anton Stuebner
    • New Necklaces, Nicolas Estrada (Promopress)
    • Tidskriften Spegeln, Nr. 2 2015
    • SENSEability – exhibition catalogue
    • Suspended in Green – exhibition catalogue
    • TALENTE 2014 – exhibition catalogue
    • “Mangfold i München”, Kunsthåndverk, utgave 2 2014
    • The Contemporary Jewelry Exchange, Olga Raben
    • Suspended in Pink – exhibition catalogue, ISBN 9871904839644
    • Pushing Boundaries & Chasing Challenges – exhibition catalogue
    • Jewelbook 12-13, International Annual of Contemporary Jewel Art, Stichting Kunstboek, ISBN 9789058563958
    • Connecting Identities – an international jewellery project, ISBN 9783000395086
    • New Rings, 500+ Designs from Around the World, ISBN 9780500289334
    • True Colours – exhibition catalogue