Beth Laurin

B. 1935, Stockholm, Sweden.

Since the 1960s, the artist has developed an impressive body of work which isn’t easily classified. It includes sculpture and objects, performance, drawing, sound, text, photography and video, and often incorporates found things, personal materials, texts and newspaper clippings that are used with a resonance of associations and potential meanings. Her work has developed in correspondence with political movements, such as early feminism, but with a highly idiosyncratic approach that looks extremely contemporary until today. Reinventing and reconfiguring her practice, changing formats and testing things, often with humor, is in Beth Laurin’s oeuvre a way to systematically investigate question of what can be done with art.

Beth Laurin has exhibited continuously throughout the years, and her works are part of the most important public collections in Sweden.

Beth Laurin has studied sculpture at Konstfack and Kungl. Konsthögskolan in Stockholm. She exhibited widely in Sweden and abroad, for instance in Stockholm at Moderna Museet (2003), Konstakademien (2009), Galleri Riis (2016), Index, The Contemporary Art Foundation (2017).

Her work was featured in the recent issue of OEI #75–76: NATURBEGREPPET [EKOEI]. She is the recipient of the Hederspris – the Culture Price of the City of Stockholm 2017.

State of Mind I, 1968, plastic, wood, 67 x 67 cm
Sketch for self-portrait, 1968, graphite and watercolor, 11,5 x 10 cm
Modern Museum, Stockholm, 2003
Part no 1 of State of Mind VI, 1971, polyester, 26 x 58 cm
Warsaw, Poland, 1976
Royal Academy of Art, Stockholm, 1968
Royal Academy of Art, Stockholm, 1968
Sketch for sculpture Dreamed on Fårö, 2003, graphite and watercolor, 20 x 35 cm
I stopped playing the piano, 2009, mixed media, 27 x 32 x 22 cm
The Mobile Summer Workshop (Mob Shop), Iceland, 1981, paper drawing, 18 x 24 cm
Left: The pressure will decrease, right: I lift off, grahite, 1975
Gyllene snittet, 1953, sketch on paper, 28 x 18 cm
Sculpture idea, 1971-73, graphite on paper, 32 x 52 cm
Part 1, polyester, Nybroplan 1988, Stockholm
Sculpture II and Sculpture III, 2006, bronze, each 14 x 6 x 8 cm
Sculpture II, 2006, bronze, each 14 x 6 x 8 cm
Variation VIII, 2006, graphite, gouache, color pen, 20,5 x 30 cm
Variation IV, 2006, graphite, pastel, 20,5 x 30 cm
Part no 1 of State of Mind VI, Biotop at Biological Museum, 2017