Short version : I am here to steal your soul.
I am AK von Malmborg, a painter and cross-disciplinary artist with a background in which I have utilized every medium there is from clay and bronze to symphony orchestra, electronic opera, performance and three full length albums.
I fell in love with painting so hard I could not continue breathing without it so since 2014 my primary obsession is large scale oil painting. Often, my main subject is the depiction of nude, pre-pubescent girls in spirit-connection with animals.
Their nudity is not sensationalised, nor does it invite or permit a gaze of concern, pity or objectification— my subjects stand proud in their autonomy, devoid of the need of adult interference. Rather they are in their nakedness a place of total authenticity and naturalness with the painted world that forms and responds to them.
As a child I had the ability to speak with animals and trees. It was a natural and effortless spiritual connection to nature. My loneliness led me to the nature, and nature led me to my power. This same feeling comes to me when I paint. Utilizing large scale canvas, I am able to project my own experiences into these girls and their animals.
My process is a highly intuitive and a multi-sensory experience. I allow myself to continuously revisit and edit the surface of the canvas and as a messy consequence and visual testament of this organic approach, I reveal my impatient and playful temper. I come from a background of performance and composing and I still utilize performative approaches in my practice, but these days I use it as a means to make research, expand my creativity and/or stamina as a painter.
I hide secrets in my art. I weave in blessings under the layers of paint. I invent my own ceremonies and magical spells and I want the energy transfer to work as a lucky charm. I only use the finest materials as I like to imagine how these works might continue their energy transference between subjects and viewer for centuries to come.
My studio is situated on an island near Stockholm named Adelsö. The land was once home to the Swedish Vikings and Hilma af Klint. Rich with forest reserves and plentiful animals, it is sacred in both nature and history, influencing the otherworldly and spiritual nature of my work.
It is my drive to prove ”the impossible” to be possible. I wish to inspire, to question the current ideas in society of such things as value, nakedness, girlhood. I oppose the idea of artists being irresponsible or lazy. On the contrary I embrace exploring the uncertain path, because of what you know in your heart to be true is one of the more responsible choices you can make. The choice to handle your life with care. Managing to survive whilst doing so is not exactly a game for the lazy.
My history is this: I love to invent things and hate asking for permission. For example I have previously: Started my own currency, crowned myself Hens Majestät of Sweden, (which would translate as a non-gender defined version of his/her Majesty), toured Europe with an electronic opera that I wrote together with a colleague, started my own record company and produced/performed/released tree full length records. I have wrote my own theatre-play and acted it - with a live symphony orchestra onstage (and sold out shows). I sold and executed 100 live art-performances in 2014 to fundraise the last music album release. I killed myself as a musician onstage at the Stockholm Music And Arts festival and rose again as a painting artist 2015. I have made mass-performance pieces where me and my fellow artist dressed 100 persons in London and 100 persons in New York in metal-spandex naked — uniforms, creating a "unisex uniform monument". And as an extention of that, I made a performance in which I wore nothing but a metal spandex bodysuit and shoes for three months in a row-what ever I was doing, including shopping bread for breakfast or flying cross-atlantic flights. I have had the huge privilege and pleasure of studying art but it was not until 2009 I admitted to myself that I was longing to paint. So I had to teach myself the craft of oil painting.
My love for painting then took over... everything .
And I want to take over the world.
My studies include Bachelor Degree at Central Saint Martins (Full scholarship) London, (BFA fine art 4D pathway,) exchange program to Pratt Institute New York City as well as further training with the Marina Abramovic Institute.
Thank you for your attention
AK von Malmborg, October 2020
Marina Abramovic Institute
Cleaning the house
2002 - 2005
Central Saint Martins London
Bachelor Fine Arts 4D pathaway
Pratt Institute New York
Exchange program BFA Fine Arts
Music & Composing
Konstskolan i Stockholm
Fine Arts foundation year
2014 STIM(The Swedish Performing Rights Society) composition
2011 STIM(The Swedish Performing Rights Society)composition
2010 Konstnärsnämnden (Swedish Arts Council)composition
2009 STIM (The Swedish Performing Rights Society)composition
2008 Konstnärsnämnden (Swedish Arts Council)composition
2004 Beck ́s Futures student video award and exhibition at Institute of Contemporay Art, London
2004 STIM (The Swedish Performing Rights Society) composition
2003 Exchange studies program grant Pratt Institute New York
2002 Tuition fee grant covering three years Bachelor of Fine Art studies at Central Saint Martins London
Berghs School of Communication teaching creative process
SVT drama illustrations
SVT dokumentär illustrations
Dagens Nyheter illustrations
Sveriges Ungdomsråd teaching creative process, prize design
Stiftelsen Ekskäret teaching creative process
Manifest priset prize design
Kulturhuset Stockholm live painting
Naturskyddsföreningen live painting