The artist’s practice normally centers itself around a cartoon figure named Husa, Swedish for “housemaid”. The gender-morphing, plump character was created to function not only as an extension of the artist, but also an alter ego and a representation of one’s psychological state. Previous depictions of Husa have shown her nude, unashamed, mischievous, and self-indulgent.
In FLORA, Engström depicts surreal landscapes textured with playful foliage and atmospheric brushstrokes. It is easy to see her landscapes as living, conjuring a state of meditation or self-examination, or indeed the backside of her Husa.
Also installed throughout the exhibition are clay sculptures depicting singular elements of the paintings. These works seek to bridge the gap between the space rendered in the paintings and the physical “built” environment of the gallery.
Camilla Engström is a New York based artist born in Sweden. After a year of modeling full time in Shanghai she moved to New York to study fashion. Camilla briefly studied Women's Sportswear Design at Fashion Institute of Technology while working for both Calvin Klein Collection and J.Crew before she left to pursue her art full time. In 2016, she had her first solo show at Deli Gallery in New York. Her creative output ranges from painting to drawing, clothing, and fabric, as well as books and illustrations.