Roland Persson

Roland Persson, Mouth of Medusa, 2018. Photo: Jussi Tiainen

Roland Persson, Mouth of Medusa, 2018. Photo: Sofia Olander

Roland Persson, Mouth of Medusa, 2018. Photo: Jussi Tiainen

Roland Persson (b. 1963, Hudiksvall, Sweden) lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. Persson is known for his public commissions and surrealist silicone sculptures that he casts on real plants and stuffed animals. Working with silicone allows him to include colours in the material itself, instead of adding the colour by painting, making his sculptures hyper-realistic. Persson’s practice looks at our charged ideas and expectations of nature and is interested in ways of describing and understanding nature in relation to feelings, fears, politics, sexuality and death. Rather than of nature, his works can be seen as representations of being human. Recent exhibitions include KIASMA, Finland (2019); Flora Stavanger Art Museum, Norway (2019); Helsinki Contemporary, Finland (2018); and Museum für Aktuelle Kunst, Germany (2017).