At The Ode To we are always curious to learn more about creativity and artistry, so we asked Magnus Nordstrand to tell us a little bit about his life, his art and his sources of inspiration.
What do you call your series of artworks?
– I call these reliefs 'Stratis'. It is latin for later or layers, like the stratosphere. The works are built up with multiple layers of stretch metal.
What technique have you used?
– It’s a unique technique I have come up with myself. I cut sheets of stretch metal, which is kind of a fine web, into different patterns that I put on top of each other in layers. I spray paint the pieces once assembled, making each piece unique.
What inspired you to create the artworks you have made for The Ode To?
– It was actually the material that inspired me to create these reliefs. When stretch metal is put in layers it creates a mesmerising pattern or look that changes with light and movement. In that way the spectator gets part in creating the art.
Can you tell us about your background and how you came to be an artist?
– Ever since I was a small child I have been constructing things. It could be anything from a three floor hut with waterproof roof in a tree, to a ”ball picker” to get balls that were lost in the gutter on a house. The latter was even quite beautiful.
This interest in constructing things and a great curiosity on how things work, combined with a sense of aesthetics and a great interest in art made me start creating art.
How would you describe your art and aesthetics in three words?
– Minimalistic, elegant, mesmerising.
What we love about Magnus Nordstrand:
We simply can’t resist the way that Magnus Nordstrand uses colour and texture to create an immersive experience for the viewer, drawing us into his artistic universe.