Christina Maj Lundqvist’s paintings all show a snapshot - a split second of life in water. There is something momentarily pleasant about the merging nuances of blue in large formats complemented by the precision of the strokes. However the momentary pleasantness is quickly replaced by a curiosity and wonder: What happens in the water, above the water and beneath water. The apparent subject challenges the spectator with a sense of insecurity, uncertainty and perhaps even the discomfort of being under water. Lundqvist's paintings appeal to your senses, in more ways than one.


Exactly what is it that happens under the water? Lundqvist is preoccupied by the many distortions water creates. To perceive what is going on with the distorted subjects you will have to take a very close look; not because Lundqvist fails to portray the motif but because she meticulously manages to portray the aberrations. Another depth is added to the painting and the viewer is submerged further into this liquified world.


The subject matter is water and the media used is indeed watery. The combination of this wet effect and the strong saturated colours gives a unusual sense of substance. When you experience the paintings you can see how the water has made it’s blotched marks making the paintings look wet long after they dried up. Marks and imprints are a continuous element in Lundqvist’s paintings: The liquified media generates its coloured characteristics on the canvas, the moving motif generates a rippled imprint in the water and the surface reflects itself into the water. Everything below mirrors impressions on the underwater surface.


A very fine balance between control and the unconstrainable is essential in the work with the saturated surfaces and watery imprints from the coloured ink. The precise stroke versus the uncontainable water. Christina Maj Lundqvist masters the strokes so they are intriguing and control the elusive water at the same time.


Many depths with their compelling elusiveness of a quiet simple and familiar motive challenges ones perception. Unexpectedly you see the water with new eyes and the matter is obscure. The motives become dreamy and interesting. These paintings require more questions than they give answers.


Written by

Kira Moss, Master of Arts in Modern Culture and Cultural Communication