Emeli Theander

April 2021

‘Feed your Demons’ is a body of work I’ve feeding during the last year, while trying to sort out my role as an artist and as a mother. I experienced two life threatening events that resulted from an illness during pregnancy, which further impacted my work. The pieces are made to nurture the emotions following the loss of control, soothing the demons inside, perhaps turning them into domesticated beasts.  

Psychoanalysis has been a main influence on my work in recent years, as it revolves around what excites me the most: Exploring the depths and paradoxes of human emotions.  

I work mainly in oil on canvas. In addition to that I draw, especially using graphite and oil pastels. In my work I take references from art history and beats from different myths and stories and bind/weave them together with my own personal collection of dreams, experiences and emotional states. 

Lately I kept coming back to Impressionist paintings with their bright gardens and  sunlight. But what interests me most are actually the shadows of these places. There is something slightly threatening lurking in my abstract gardens, but also perhaps something ironic, or hopefully, even humorous.


Emeli Theander was born in Sweden in 1984. She has lived and worked in Berlin since 2003. Between 2006-2012 she studied fine arts at the UdK Berlin under Prof Valérie Favré. She was funded by the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung  des deutschen Volkes) from 2009 to 2011 and, as part of this funding, also did a six month artist-in residency in Seoul, South Korea at the Platoon Kunsthalle. In 2014 she received the Dorothea Konwiarz scholarship and in 2013 the “Merkel collection and  foundation prize for painting, Rhein Neckar Delta”.

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