FOSSIL is a project based on stone where I research the material both acoustically, performatively and sculpturally, together with an interest of stones in an ecological, geological and cultural context. I perform with stones as a solo artist and I have also composed the suite ‘Öländsk Svit’ for limestone and sandstone for the renowned Swedish percussion ensemble HIDDEN MOTHER.
Since an early age, I have collected stones from wherever I traveled, but especially limestone and sandstone from my childhood shores at the island Öland in the Baltic sea, south of Sweden. I was particularly drawn to fossils – 500 million years old skeletons of ancient animals- in an intuitive way. When I started researching my limestone and sandstone collections as sound objects I rediscovered them, and created a deeper relationship with them, as ´living non-living things´, being more than just material for me to use. The overwhelming time perspective they embody inspire me to deeper concepts of time and being. Their harsh brutality with their massive density fills me with force y and their fragile dignity makes me venerate them. I hear creation, earthquakes and fire, wind, breeze and storm, sea and rain through them, and I also discover sounds that transcends the material and create for me new abstract associations.
2018 I composed and recorded my first piece for sandstone and limestone, Du-et, a commission by artist Hiroko Tsuchimoto.
At a Master Clinic and residence at CAMP in Aulus-les-bains, France, spring 2018, I collected slate by the Pyrenees rivers and composed and performed my first pieces for slate, Slate 1 and Slate 2.
After more research of the material and the incorporation of electronics, I composed the electroacoustic piece Les Pyrénées, premiered at Index (The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation) in Stockholm.
In 2018-2019 I composed the suite Öländsk Svit, a four movement suite for limestone and sandstone for the performative percussion duo HIDDEN MOTHER, (Magdalena Meitzner and Ulrik Nilsson) a commission by Samtida Musik (organization for Contemporary Music in Sweden). It was premiered at Bredäng Church in Stockholm 2019 and has since then been performed by HIDDEN MOTHER at Kulturtemplet, Göteborg, (production by Levande Musik) at Kalv Festival and Stockholm Concert Hall.
Öländsk Svit (dur. 30 min) for sandstone and limestone consists of four movements, named after the places where the stones are collected at the northern part of Öland.