Maria Nordin

– The Beckers Art Award 2011 goes to the artist Maria Nordin. 
the gathering 2011 watercolour on paper 120x180 cm
3 dec 2011 – 9 jan 2012

Beckers Artist Award of 150,000 Swedish kronor, awarded for the twenty-fifth time, goes to Maria Nordin. Born in Linköping in 1980, Nordin graduated in 2010 from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm.

The Jury’s Decision

For Maria Nordin, paper and watercolour have become the primary materials. She is at home in the odourless water, in the fluid wet, and in distinctly applied tones. With her work she takes casual aim at capturing figures in motion, in large format or in animation, often seeking out complicated poses that challenge the brush, the hand, and the mind. The result is pictures and films of our time, playful and spontaneous, but also disturbing and complex: strained groupings of bodies that seem cast out into an empty nothingness without context. In her recent work, Nordin has focused primarily on the human face with its gazes and subtle shifts. Her extremely intimate depictions of rosy skin and the human psyche are pregnant with new opportunities on new paper in, a working process that is both embracing and probing. This is work that in its fragility awaits an answer, work filled with retakes and destruction, beyond empty equilibrism.

Maria Nordin is awarded the 2011 Beckers Artist Award of 150,000 Swedish kronor for the manner in which she bravely and captivatingly challenges the ease of her artistic gift. On behalf of the jury, Mårten Castenfors Beckers Art Award has, since its establishment in 1987, been awarded to several of Sweden’s most innovative and exciting young artists, such as Dan Wolgers (1989), Jockum Nordström (1999), Linn Fernström (2000), and Nathalie Djurberg (2006). The selected artist receives 150,000 SEK, as well as a solo exhibition organized in collaboration with Färgfabriken. Since 2000, the selected artist’s works have been exhibited in a solo show at Färgfabriken.

The jury: Jenny Lindén Urnes, Mårten Castenfors och Magnus Jensner