For Linnea Rygaard, the central perspective is key to the process of painting. Invented in the Early Renaissance, the central perspective was initially a method to create illusionary spaces in religious art. In Rygaard’s large-scale paintings it contributes to an almost overwhelming experience. Breathtaking depth is put in stark contrast to roughly cutout symbols or shapes, lingering on the surface of the canvas. Once imprinted in our consciousness, the symbol is hard to ignore. Linnea Rygaard’s juxtaposition of perspective and symbols creates an imbalance which requires attention and concentration. Rygaard uses an ambivalent scale in her paintings, playing with macro and micro perspectives, highlighting the dissolution between various dimensions.
Linnea Rygaard (b. 1990) holds an MFA from the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm (2016) and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, USA, in 2015. Rygaard was awarded the Royal Institute of Art’s residency at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2016, with a solo exhibition at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in the fall of 2018. Rygaards work has been shown at Liljevalchs, Vargåkra Gård Konsthall and in group shows at ANNAELLE Gallery and Galleri Olsson.