Art installations made out of dish-brushes… The artist Roswitha Gisa Jonsson moves outside the borders of high culture and enjoys what surprises. Sarcophagic and glow-worms are some of her works that has been both celebrated and a source of discussions.
– I want to be rebellious and surprise with my art.
Roswitha Gisa Jonsson have had exhibitions in Dalarna museum, Dalarna Art Trail and Liljevalchs and is no newcomer within the Swedish art scene. During the year 2019 she is looking forward to find inspiration, with some help from dish-brushes, to create even more “unexpected” works. She is also looking forward to participate at Påskutställningen (The easter exhibition) – a “surprise-happening”.
Roswitha Gisa Jonsson grew up in Germany and Poland, and then moved to Gothenburg in Sweden as a seven-year-old. She has had the art within as long as she can remember, and has been able to explore and work with a majority of techniques. Although she has been taking classes of lithography and metal-enamelling, Roswitha chooses to call herself autodidact. Collage and setups of dish-brushes are some of the techniques that she has been trying with success…
– I have been trying so many things during my journey within the artistic scene, but right now I am holding on to dish-brushes. I do the unexpected, like to be a bit crazy and I am dedicated to make my art unique and surprising. I am leaving the high culture to others…
You also have a passion for graffiti. Tell us.
– Yes, I think that there are so much life in the art of graffiti. The painting is allowed be hard and rough, and does not have to be labeled fine art or be exhibited in a fancy gallery. The paintings are usually outside and there is both an exciting and rebellious shimmer over it. I really enjoy how graffiti painters get inspired of one another.
Like you said, your work today is less about graffiti and more about specific objects. How did you get into dish-brushes?
– I enjoy the expressions within the seemingly banal. Yet I really don’t know why it became dish-brushes. One can get a pack of three dish-brushes for only ten Swedish crowns, so the cost of the material is quite low. I want to find new ways within art, to go outside the box and make combinations that even surprise myself.
– Some of the dish-brushes I remove the shaft from and use the brush only. For example, I consumed 260 brushes and 12 rakes for my Mexican sarcophagus ”El dia de los Muertos”.
– During 2019 I want to keep developing my sarcophagus. The feedback on the Mexican variation was huge and I hope for the creative part of my brain is going to even “better” this year.
Your art installations became so popular that you got to exhibit at Liljevalch’s?
– Yes, I was on Liljevalch’s spring-lounge in 2015. I showed a piece that I have named “Dish-brushing”, that hang on the wall and was composed by 149 black dish-brushes jointed by cable ties. It felt really humorously and completely crazy. I was standing there, looking at people and their large smiles, which was absolutely amazing. I should have been taking additional photos..
– Among other things, the jury gave me the comment “The woman who decided to stop standing by the kitchen sink, became an artist and transformed the cleaning tools into art”.
– Another great memory from Liljevalch’s was when the web newspaper “konsten.net” chose nine gold nuggets from the exhibition. One of the chosen was my piece “Dish-brushing”.
That sounds like a really great experience. There is a lot of exhibitions in Dalarna on your exhibition-record. Tell us.
– I live i Ludvika, so it is actually not stranger than that. I have participated in the juried exhibition called “Dalakonst”, at Dalarna museum in Falun 15 times, between the years 1978 and 2013.
– One of the great memories I have is from 2014 when I participated at “Dalarna Art Trail”, an exhibition that moved from place to place. I guess my favorite environment was when my sculpture was moved to the machine hall in Grängesberg and got to hang outside. It was made from two clothes horses, and dish-brushes without shafts. A lot of people visited the exhibition and my sculpture evoked a lot of reactions.
Where do you put together all your fantastic creations?
– Most of the times I work in the basement of my own house. It is a big room with white walls and only two windows far up. It is a really exciting room, especially when my Mexican sarcophagus is placed by the white wall. It becomes both dramatic and a bit scary at the same time.
– There are also brushes all over the house and in the garden…
Roswitha Gisa Jonsson looks forward to work with and develop her sarcophagus during 2019. Those who wish to enjoy her art are recommended to visit Påskutställningen (The easter exhibition), that is going to be a “surprise-happening” in Dalarna where both sarcophagus and other gold nuggets of dish-brushes will be displayed. She hopes to exhibit her works in both Stockholm and in USA in the future.
– I am dreaming of exhibiting my art at Sergels torg in Stockholm, Berlin in Germany and at the MoMa in New York.
If you want to get in touch with Roswitha you can write her an email: firstname.lastname@example.org