Art exhibition "In the silence" by Mattis Skogsskir


I have been living in silence with another name inside me. That's why the exhibition is called In the silence. I have painted mimes and clowns who also work silently. I feel that they express emotions in gestures, make-up, and clothes instead of expressing the right words.

My name has always been Mattis, but everyone has known me as a girl with a different name. My pronoun is they, it always has been. However, I have been telling myself for several years that it doesn't matter if people around me know about it or not. I told myself that I'm still the same person, so it doesn't matter. But it does. It was my biggest mistake in my life not to be open about it. When the pronoun came, I couldn´t include myself in it or see the opportunity for me to be exactly who I am. Skogsskir means nightingale in my grandmother's dialect, but I mostly associate it with sheer lichens and beautiful forest. 

Art has always been there. I have always painted. What I like most are watercolor and gouache.

When I finally put into words who I am as a person and told everyone around me that my pronoun is they, I also started writing.

The words become poems, and I find freedom in writing that is not found in painting in the same way. It's so easy to just write down a few lines at any time of the day, to develop them later. I look forward to finding out what the future holds.

- Mattis Skogsskir

28Sep 11:00 - 17:00
29Sep 11:00 - 17:00
30Sep 11:00 - 17:00
01Oct 11:00 - 15:00
03Oct 11:00 - 17:00
04Oct 11:00 - 17:00

Contact information

Tjärhovsgatan 5
Contact: Svante Töyrä
Phone: +46-91036836

Organizer: Liljas Konst & Ram AB