At 26 years, Julia Pivén works with existential and dark themes, as well as on the subject of mental health. She believes that art is the language we use in order to communicate the unique complexity we experience in life. She prefers working either with highly pigmented oils or ink drawings, and is not afraid to use striking colours.
She has a background as a student at Gothenburg School of Art and has many years under the belt as founder, project leader and head of art organizations and other constellations on both local, national and international levels. Julia loves to co-create, meet others around art, and can't wait to see exhibitions come together in her new endeavor with running Kaosfaktor Konstsalong.
In her artistry, she paints from a vague or complex idea of an expression. The aesthetics is the important part, using light and brush strokes to simulate depth and movement. She often paints intuitively and with broad strokes, to go in and sort out the details in later layers. Large format paintings, for example 2 by 2.5 meters, creates entirely new possibilities in composition and expression. The expression is typically strong in her artworks, leaving few untouched. Julia prefers working with oil paint and mixed media.
Julia Pivén has sold paintings since 2017 and exhibited her art in Umeå, Varberg, Göteborg, Trollhättan, Stockholm, Malmö, Öland, Berlin, Leipzig, Copenhagen and more. She has sold artworks in the USA, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland, United Kingdom, Denmark, and other parts of Europe.
Julia is currently working on a book called “Bold and in Control - Depictions and delusions of a contemporary artist”, where she presents her artistry up until now, along with depictions of her experience with schizoaffective disorder and PTSD, in both writing and imagery. Pre-book it here: https://forms.gle/qYsBSxSETSyp9PUcA
The art of Julia Pivén is varied and incomplete, and that’s the way it’s supposed to be, as it’s a good premise for creative growth.
”Witches and whores become human”. Thus reads the headline of one of the articles published about my very first exhibition in 2015. “Ur Minnet” was a discovery of the genre of archive art, which in large part consisted of hours upon hours deep in the archives, searching through witch trial protocols and police documents. I was looking to get to know these displaced women whom history only knew as witches, prostitutes, and beggars. In collaboration with Malmö city archives and Malmö Stad, I was able to present a collection of portraits depicting these women of the city’s past dating back to the 1600s. The collection is now preserved in Julia Pivén’s Collection at Malmö city archives.
Another art form I explored in the beginning was body art. However, it was less of an art project and more an almost primal urge for self expression which exceeded the limits of makeup and canvas.
Since then, I’ve been lucky to attend Gothenburg School of Art, which is where the “spark” happened; as students we were made to abandon acrylics and try our hand at oil painting. A whole new world opened. The depth of the medium, the pigments, the ways of application and behaviour of the paint completely captured me. I came to expand from my darker portraits, venturing into abstract colour scapes, such as the piece “In search for I”, spanning 250x180cm. Colour mixing and mixed media experimentation made new worlds possible, such as in “If only I had danced” wherein I mixed textures, oil and my beloved pastels.
I’ve also participated in the EU artist exchange during which I spent three months in Berlin. There, I learned about leather work, sustainable art, what life as a practising artist can be like, and so much more.
A further example of projects submitted in this application is Vow 2019, a suicide prevention artwork produced around new year’s along with over a hundred participants who all supported the cause and vowed to continue on throughout the year of 2019. The piece includes their names along with quotes of, and odes to, many individuals who where lost to suicide over the years.
I served as chairperson and organiser for the national art association Avgrunden. This gave me invaluable experiences collaborating with other artists and publications, as we organised numerous art shows and learning exchanges throughout Sweden.
I’ve only just begun to realise the possibilities of art as an intermediary with the surrounding world. I’m excited to learn what more lies hidden in the paint.