The starting point of the exhibition Externalized is the role of struggle in our lives. Elin Alvemark explores how craft itself can be used as an art to cope with mass-produced narratives and political conditions. In addition to studying the changing symbolism of the urn through (art) history, Alvemark seeks to find a place for the urn based on her own body, our era and its conditions.
In the repetitive movement of the working body and the gesture of physical creation, she molds urn after urn. The heat that burns the movement reaches 1300 degrees, where adaptation, failure and resolution is part of the work of fabricating an utopia. Dwelling in such wordlessness is to hang out with the shameful bodies; the mad, the embarrassing, the angry, the incompetent, the non-swedish, the ignorant, the rejected, the uninvited, the unwanted, the unmarried, the abnormal. The ones who refuse to be a diagnosis, a sexuality, a disease, a trait.
Elin Alvemark lives and works in Gothenburg. She will graduate from the University of Design and Crafts (Högskolan för Design och Konsthantverk) in Spring 2019. Elin has previously participated in several group exhibitions, for example at RIAN Design Museum in Falkenberg, Ceramic Center in Höganäs, Partille Kulturum and Ystad Art Museum.