Matilda Forsberg

Region: Northeast


City / State: Maplewood, NJ

 My paintings are inspired by family, heritage, and migration, largely revolving around my experiences as an immigrant and my daughter’s mixed Swedish and Chinese heritage. The works contemplate what it means to leave one’s country and settle in a new culture while reconnecting with our family histories. Through an intuitive process of searching and discovering, my paintings intertwine dreamscapes and stories from the past with current experiences. By referencing specific components from multiple photographs of my daughter’s paternal side of the family, The works become a kind of mind collage of non-linear narratives about converging family histories. My paintings only allude to time and place to convey layered and colliding expressions of familiarity and uncertainty.