'Spegling 1' is the first in a series of three paintings. It forms part of the backbone of Karin Broos’ artistic practice together with series such as Gula strömmen, Mörk Spegling as well as Rosa Spegling, Väktare and Flytande. The series all have the motif of a young woman lying down, sitting, floating or standing in glimmering lake water. Water, and its mirror-like surface, is central to Broos’ practice: water as that seductive essential element, yet also as a powerful current of depth and darkness. The models in the paintings are usually taken from her close family: her daughters and grandchildren. The seemingly everyday situations are often ambiguous, charged with an undertone of thoughtfulness.
Broos mostly finds inspiration for her depictions of nature from her home environment of Värmland; the lake Fryken, the enormous forests that surrounds the lake’s beaches, or from her home in Östra Ämtervik. Broos employs her own photographs as inspiration and aide-memoires in what is a laborious artistic working process. It is a world inhabited by women that Broos depicts: women, children and dogs frozen in time. Their faces are repeatedly turned away, their task is not to meet the viewer’s gaze and their bodies are not reproduced in order to please an art audience. Broos’ models get to be themselves. Lost in thought, they seem relaxed and self-confident. The artist’s intimate relationship with the models undoubtedly plays a large part in this.
Speglingar is also the title of Ingela Lind and Hasse Persson’s book from 2011 about Karin Broos’ practice. In an interview with Hasse Persson Broos tells him that she could paint reflections on water for the rest of her life. That is how important and captivating water and its mirror-like surface is to her.
Karin Broos had a somewhat late career breakthrough with an exhibition at Kristinehamns Konstmuseum in 2008, which was then followed by exhibitions at, amongst others, Borås Konstmuseum, Christian Larsen Gallery as well as Sven Harrys konstmusuem and Waldemarsudde in Stockholm. In 2008 Moderna Museet in Stockholm acquired Spegling 2 for their collections.
The value of art – A contemporary collection
Viewing: 8 – 13 October, (Sunday 11 October closed) Berzelii Park 1, Stockholm
Auction: 14 October, Arsenalsgatan 2, Stockholm, 5 pm.