Having majored in English Literature, I was lucky to come across the works of Angela Carter, one of my favorite writers e-v-e-r. In her collection of short stories, The Bloody Chamber, she transformed (almost) harmless fairytales into dark stories of hidden sensuality and cruelty. The brutality of her ‘innocent’ characters, who evolved out of tales like Little Red Riding Hood, slapped you in the face quite elegantly (you are probably familiar with the film The Company of Wolves inspired by one of her stories).
I felt the same kind of face-slapping the first time I saw the work of Hanna Hedman, an artist from Sweden. Her works have a similar kind of mystery, sensuality and brutality. She seems to be inspired by the cruelty with which we treat our environment and the animals that live in it and at the same time we refuse to see the impact that our actions will have on us.
Her new work While they await extinction will be exhibited in Galerie Biro, in Munich from 25.11-15.12.2011.
I could not find any pictures of her current work but here are some photos from her previous collections, taken by photographer Sanna Lindberg.