Alvina Jakobsson Swedish, b. 1992

“I work with ceramic sculpture, building monochrome pieces in clay where the repetitive is significant. When small parts lie close to each other, a movement or a swell arises that I explore. How a quiet yet heavy object can be experienced as both moving and weightless intrigues me. By balancing between following and defying the properties of clay, I find my expression.

Alvina Jakobsson is a ceramic artist from Stockholm who graduated from Konstfack in 2017. Among her recent exhibitions she presented her work at the `1000 Vases’ exhibition in Paris and the world-touring exhibition Young Swedish Design. In 2021, she received the Malmö City Cultural Scholarship for artistic activities.

Jakobsson builds monochrome pieces in clay. Movement and repetition are central parts to her artistic practice. Her work embodies a meditative practice of synchronized reiteration on a simple yet fluid form. Each monolith is comprised of dozens of curves, bends and folds, and yet there is a holistic simplicity that emerges out of the complexity. Contemplating Alvina’s work feels similar to viewing a zen garden, each sculptural component has its place but supports its neighboring component in producing a fluid cohesiveness. The pieces are minimalist without reading as austere, conveying a natural warmth and visual interest.