Making Room at the Nordic Lights Hotel

Like a tiny, cap-clad William Burroughs at the Chelsea Hotel; Emilie Mottet lived and worked at the Nordic Lights Hotel in Stockholm for the better part of December. During her residency, she made the lobby her studio and the people she met her subjects in the blog Lets meet in the Lobby, a collection of vibrant gifs of friends, random strangers, DJs, bartenders and honest-to-god real life Hollywood wives complete with miniature dog and everything.

Today, you can view all of these unique and personal depictions at the first floor of Nordic Lights as Emilie Mottet later teamed up with friend and fellow creative Lina Adamsson for the exhibition Make Room. Together they invited other creative friends that work or study in the field of graphic design, illustration, art and the likes, and they ended up with 15 women.

“It’s not a thing,” says Emilie Mottet, “it just ended up being all women but it was never a conscious decision on our part”

When I meet the duo at the opening reception, they were happy, a little inebriated but mostly tired as they spent the whole day hanging the exhibition. Because they had invited all of their friends to bring stuff they liked, were working on or just wanted to show, they had no idea of what they were getting until the night before the opening, and subsequently had only one day to hang it. Luckily for them, their teamwork is like a well-oiled machine and the opening night was full of artists who mingled with gallery-owners, art-critics, friends and family members through the haze of beer and acquisitiveness brought on by the colourful, almost-like-candy-craving artworks on the walls.

One of the friends that Emilie and Lina chose to exhibit was Sunniva Krogseth whose work was teeming with watercolour women, recurring bugs and distorted perspective interiors. Sunniva is currently studying an MA in storytelling at Konstfack.

Sunniva Krogseth foto- Elinor Wermeling

Tell me about your work.
– I work mostly with ink which I then transfer to digital material and keep working with it that way. A lot of my work starts off as physical paintings and end up as digital collages. As a result, some characters, like the bug and the jumping woman, seem painted but are actually digital elements that I re-use.

–  Thematically, I work a lot with nature, as it is a big part of my life but there are also a lot of portraits and other stuff.

Ulrika Netzler is finishing a BA in graphic design and illustration, also at Konstfack. She works in a variety of mediums like papier mâché sculpture, print and painting.

Talking about your sculptures, can you tell me more about them?
– I find a lot of inspiration from the interpretation of dreams. The work with the angry owl with human feet comes from a dream I had where a mess of those owls were sitting in a tree, feeding on white doves. The sleepless woman is a pretty straightforward representation of the feeling you get when you can’t sleep and the smoking woman is taken from a series of screen-prints I made for a Christmas exhibition with the same woman lighting a Christmas tree of fire or crushing a gingerbread house under her foot. This time, she is doing what she actually wants to do and just chilling and smoking.

You study graphic design and illustration, how did you come to work with sculpture?
– Sometimes I feel like two-dimensional stuff can be limiting. It’s good for telling a story sequentially but I feel like people can relate more to 3D. Even when I work on plane surfaces, I often think in 3D.

ulrika netzler Owl

Make Room is on until the 7th of February and apart from Emilie Mottet, Lina Adamsson, Sunniva Krogseth and Ulrika Netzler, the other exhibitors are Damla Kilickiran, Elin Rahnberg, Elinor Wermeling, Emelie Olsson, Ena Jurov, Esther de Groot, Hanna Gustavsson, Maria Kultala, Mia Fernau, Moa Sundkvist and Tove Edlund Dreiman.