artist statement

Artist statement

Anders Ljungberg


Functional objects are keeping the images of us as users of them and humans. A drinking glass has been shaped out from the need to grasp and lift it, from the shape of our mouths as well as from the amount of fluid we drink in one moment. The glass has, in this perspective, a direct relationship to our body and its´ proportions. But this glass has also in a recurrent and widespread use been loaded with more metaphorical and, on another level, emotional meanings.
All this use, going on in everyone’s daily life, and so has done since the appearance of the first artefacts, has also loaded them with our ideas about them. The functional objects thus carry the traces of human identity that we might only see there. In everyday use, something going on in everyone’s daily life, these values ​​are developed and give us back the image of ourselves. When we drink, we make it from one vessel and let the liquid being transported to another – ourselves. An event in silence, where the glass included in this gives us the liquid which, with its cool, is drawing the internal image of ourselves. In my work I`m trying to reveal those layers of everyday life use in purpose to show upon something which is otherwise hidden under a blanket of daily habitual actions.

I have in my work, as a silversmith, found an amount of different values ​​in everyday use and the actions included in this. The kind of values ​​I want to show upon is something constructing an inner structure of everyone’s daily life even though the user can vary depending on class, gender, culture, age, etc. What I`m trying to describe is something that everyone is aware of even if we´re not mentioning it or give it no space in a time when the consumption of the thing is given a value greater than the using of it. My belief is that in the everyday is stories created about us, which may not always be possible, or for that matter necessary, to put into words, but which could give us something if we were present in our actions and not just saw them as a transport into the next phase of the day.

I´m describing a situation where user, room and object are elements in a story that hopefully can say something significant about our time.


Anders Ljungberg (f. 1966) is exhibiting worldwide, with the base in Gustavsberg outside Stockholm where he lives and has his studio. Anders Ljungberg is Professor and head of department at Oslo national academy of the arts. Before this he has been teaching at Ädellab, Konstfack in Stockholm beside guestteaching and lecturing in many schools around the world.