Märta Mattsson is not afraid of the repulsive; on the contrary, she sees beauty in the unpleasant. Fascinated by what we normally are disgusted by, she allows it to be material, processed and put into new contexts. Curiosity drives her to discover unexplored areas, finding alternatives to what is common.
Like an 18th centuries explorers fascination with rare and extraordinary items, Märta Mattsson presents us things that do not belong to our everyday lives. They give the feeling of being part of something marvelous and bigger. She uses insects and birds, which have seen their last days, however she would never kill or use endangered species for art. For the animals and insects she uses, life has past and they will never get it back, but by exposing these amazing creatures, transformed as objects, we can’t help but think there is indeed a life after this.
Humans have always created jewellery from the wild around us, from simple shells to trophies of claws and teeth, for hunting luck or for admiration, arousing terror and strengthening positions of power. Jewellery is like a miniature of life’s contents, both for its users and its admirers.
Märta Mattsson was born in Stockholm, Sweden and has studied jewelry art at HDK-School of Design and Crafts in Gothenburg, Hiko Mizuno College of Jewellery in Tokyo, Rhode Island School of Design in Providence and at the Royal College of Art in London. Since 2007 her work has been exhibited in several international group and solo shows. She has been represented at Platina since 2010.