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Sofia Björkman

Time
31 August - 30 September 2006

Time is. Time has been. Time comes. Time is something we value.
Time is huge, time can be so much, or nothing at all if you will.
Throughout history, philosophers have thought about time without coming to a conclusion of what time actually is. Time can be experienced or atomic, the intervals between events or the duration of one. It can be linear, circular, spiral-shaped or subjective. In memory, events from different places and times meet.

This exhibition deals with recollections of time; these are foggy and indistinct memories of complex, non-geometrical states. The intention has not been to follow time from start to finish, more like points chosen from a space, collected by me to form a concurrence and a focus. My starting point has been recurring thoughts that have emerged when I've been in places that hold special meaning for me. These are timeless places, at first glance they seem forgotten and yet they glisten with total presence.

The deserted house in Bohuslän has, aside from one or two intruders, stood untouched since the 1970's. On my latest visit, the dirty dishes were still there - abandoned more than 30 years. I was there and retain my images and memories.

"Always in my mind" it says, hardly legible any more on a gravestone, overgrown with weeds, in a London cemetery. When it was carved, the word "always" must surely have been heart-felt, but to me it seemed long forgotten. In any case, the gravestone and its epitaph remain in my memory.

A wrecking yard with the oldest cars furthest away in the woods reminds me that a part of an ancient auto, in a junk yard, can in another time become cult. New turns old - old can become new.

At a closed-down factory in Nacka, I found moulds from boat production. Maybe those hollow shells will actually outlive the vessels themselves?

Objects obtain a different energy when taken from their context and put into another time and place. So it was with all the stoves that stood lined up in a row by the North Station. Before that, I thought of a stove as a stove, but then I saw those and began to think.

Then can be then but now is never now and the future is not the future when you've arrived there. Time, however, is constantly present. I wear memories like jewelry (on my body).

Jewelry has many functions. Besides being wearable, two functions are especially important and contradictory. First is the emotional value. The piece of jewelry helps us to retain and pass on personal, emotionally charged memories without necessarily being worth a lot of money. The other function is the jewel as a status symbol, often made of valuable, even precious materials. The appearance is often more important than the meaning, with shine and glitter being of paramount importance.
Jewelry also has an aesthetic value, but what that entails I will leave up to the reader to decide. Some people find older pieces the finest and others prefer the new ones. In any case, time is the prerequisite for the form.

When things age, they become gray, silver blackens and rust is orange.

In my time, all these values, thoughts, memories and events meet in different dimensions and in illogical order.

Sofia Björkman

In the collection there are about 80 pieces of jewellery. Here you can see some.

Brooch silver

Necklace silver and fabric

Brooch silver and fabric

Ring silver

Brooch silver

Brooch silver

Brooch silver

Ring silver

Brooch silver and fabric

Ring silver and fabric

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