Poetic light

At The Ode To we’re always curious to learn more about creativity and artistry, so we asked Swedish artist Rebecca von Matérn to tell us a little bit about her life, her art and her sources of inspiration.

What inspires you?

– During the month of August, there’s a certain light in my studio in Stockholm, creating an afternoon setting that’s both heavily grounding and almost weightless at the same time. It brings a certain atmosphere that I want to capture and preserve.

What do you call the series of artworks that you have created for The Ode To?

– Because of that special light in my studio, this series of artworks is called Atmosphere. The different pieces are created using acrylics on canvas, combined with an oak frame.

How would you describe your art and aesthetics in three words?

"Transient, intuitive and self-expressive."

Could you tell us about your background and how you came to be an artist?

– All my life I've had a very strong desire and urge for an outlet where I can release the energy inside of me. Some people might meditate or have a strict exercise routine; I paint. I’ve found that my restlessness often manifests itself in my hands and it’s through them I can transmute most of what I'm currently processing. Fortunately, I’ve always been encouraged to explore expressions in art. There are other artists in my family, and I believe that has given me the courage to allow my creativity to go from being a hobby to a full-time consuming need to express my ever-transient emotions.

What other artists inspire you?

– Lola Donoghue, an Irish artist who I admire a lot for her use of colour.

What we love about Rebecca von Matérn:

With an expression that's both poetic and powerful, and a great sense for use of colour, we simply adore the dreamlike pieces that Rebecca von Matérn creates.