Anna Maria Hedman is an artist working with narratives of vulnerability through various practises.

Fascinated by the perception of time, odd sore experiences and the magnificence of storytelling.

A piece-maker, singer, alchemist with an interest in pseudo-anthropology

Current work

Mainly caring for the carnal creations, what commonly is known as motherhood.

Creation 2, baby girl Disa Camille 2021

Creation 1, baby girl Viva Iris 2015

Present examining thoughts: 'Loving and nurturing is exhilarating/exhausting and the former ways of creativity transforms.

'What happens when believes of value, the congealed energy, are highlighted and objections raised to issues within the obvious stands? With Mother-things like making time for love by being present, or clearing the space by cleaning - the obvious and most taken for granted. Does it bore you or challenge you? Should my pension get higher if I raise my child with the highest standard with affectionate love, humour and good food - as so I contribute for a lower risk of burdening society at a later state by criminal activities or mental health issues for my adult child? And:

Did I just bring in these miracles to labour for society and not to shine their light as they please?'

Upcoming work

8th of August SHAMBOLIC SOUL album release!!

5th of August -22 Hunt for Love single release!

5-13 September -22  Participating at a collective residence event Mothers in Residence - Södra Änggården

6 February- 25 May -23 Mothers in Residence group show MOTHERS at Vänersborg Konsthall

 

Links to work:

Music / Alma Nofear

Apple Music

Spotify

Soundcloud

Hypeddit

Writing

Fredrika Bremer Society's magasine, Hertha

Social media links / Websites created

Bild och Tingmakarna  / Instagram

Mothers in Residence / Instagram

Education

Master of Arts, Royal College of Art 

Gold/Silversmithing Metalwork & Jewellery Department, London 2009-2011  

Certificate & Diploma in Silversmithing & Jewellery at Sir John Cass Department,

Metropolitan University, London 2006–2008 

Teaterhögskolan/academy of theatre, mime, Stockholm, 1998 one term only

Konst & Form programmet, Strömbacka gymnasieskola, Piteå 1993–1996 

Past work

2022

-Took part in a digital panel conference by INTERNATIONAL ARTIST LAB on the theme 'With children: Dance Artists between work and siding' where invited amongst seventeen artists-dancers / self organised artists network invited to talk about work and motherhood.

-Wrote a piece for the Swedish feminist association Fredrika Bremer Sällskapets magazine HERTHA about motherhood and being an artist.

-Preparing for the self release by Oh the semi secrets, of the Alma Nofear album 'Shambolic Soul' a music collaboration album with jazz pianist Esben Tjalve. Inspired by relationships from an early age and the circus of love, from a girl turned women perspective. 

2021

-Became a Mother for the second time.

-Arranged and participated in a panel discussion by the residence artists from MiR at Gothenburg Stadsbiblioteket

-Mars/April - Kulturakademins Art & Business course

-Built the website and continued work for the project Mothers in Residence - sett it up as a non-profit association

2020

-November / ’Konsten att delta’ /Invited to hold an online talk on Art Practise vs Motherhood and working on self initiated projects amongst other things where I invited curator Anna Van Der Vliet for a digital visit in my studio from Västra Götaland region the administration for cultural development.

-November / Participated in generating a common platform SWAN for the purpose of connecting all Swedish artist in residences.

-Oktober / Got a shout out from Kultur i Väst

-Structuring/practical work for the project MiR.

-June / Received a grant from Göteborgs Kulturförvaltning (Cultural Management of Gothenburg) to set up the project called 'Mothers in Residence'. Based on an idea originally from a not approved application for a PHD (same project visualised and researched on since maternity leave 2016). Where the goal os to create a local artist in residence for mothers to activate an artist portfolio  after maternity leave or other motherhood related work pauses, as well as setting up a new network of artists.

-May / Mother Trickster Bangatan, Gothenburg - Set up a pop-up fine metal work shop/artist studio.

-March / Performed at 'Reaching for the Heavens, Losing the Earth' at Läppstiftet, Lilla Bommen for Azadeh Zaghi and Carrie Bobo's show opening in collaboration with KMK.

-January / Performed at Konstepidemin's performance 13 Festival."Thinking back through our mothers" a voice and melody performance work by KMK (konstnärernas mamma kollektiv). A collaboration performance with songs and personal diary extracts on the topic of motherhood and being an artist.

2019

-Collected and created for a portfolio containing a variable of female characters. Amongst the characters are ‘Bad Mothers’ Porcelain and clay heads made at Flick kollektiv, Gothenburg. Inspired by Vaught's practical character reader on unreliable Mothers.

-November / Co-founded ‘Konstnärenas Mamma Kollektiv’. A community initially to set up the network for the residence project, aimed to invite other mothering artists to participate in keeping the integrity of ones work and the ability to identity as artists through motherhood. 

2017-18

-Research on the self initiated art project *untitled trying to involve interest in Gothenburgs cultural institutes to create a residence for artists that has become mothers, in order to get a significant portfolio to work from to level the equality after having going through pregnancy and mother leave.

Project’s aims to acknowledge the re-construction of the brain during pregnancy (from the MRI study by Elseline Hoekzemaand) in practical ways researching how it would affect creativity/artists. As this has never seemingly been explored officially. A continuation of the experience when doing the 'Artist in Residence in Motherhood' by Lenka Clayton.

-Sockerbruket, Gothenburg / Piece maker of wearable/practical pieces in precious material

-Started a company Bild och Tingmakarna with Joel Albertsson doing all kinds handy during a 8 month period without a home. With ongoing project remaking and mending furnitures, rebuilding a stable, and designing a studio using sustainable material whilst organising plantation on the ground in Berghem, Marks municipality. With a future vision in creating artist in residence on the grounds, focusing on artists that are mothers and allowing for families being welcomed for the duration of the residence.

2016

-Gothenburg / ‘Artist in residence in motherhood’ whilst being a full-time mother.

-Writing and researching/collecting stories to be continued in a bigger project.

-Piece maker of jewellery commissions and other pieces in fine metal.

2015

-Gothenburg / Became a Mother.

-Researched on attachment theory and about the plasticity of the brain. How affection and immediate response can draw pathways in babies brains that shape resilience from depression in the adult future. (*Sue Gerhardt)

2014

-Gothenburg / Ceramic shell brons casting course at KKV (Artist collective studio).

Freelance work as a fashion stylist and DJ.

2013

-London/ Gothenburg- Wrote, sang and recorded/arranged/mixed and produced an album for a music project work titled ‘Alma & the husbands’. (*Shambolic Soul)

2012

-Gothenburg - Set up as a self employed piece maker in Sweden

-London - Exhibited ‘Pirate bracelet’ at the Soane Museum part of Rca’s alumni group show

2011

-London, RCA end of year show. Exhibited electroformed medicine bottles, a high rise building projected video with sound coming through hand embroidered hanging pillows.

-London - Performed and exhibited ‘Pillow Book’ on the show ‘Silver where?’ at Gallery SO, Bricklane 

-Nijmegen - Exhibited ‘Spinal Cracker’ horn neckpiece and video installation at Marzee Gallery

-London - Alma Nofear music performance at ICA, Institute of contemporary art

-Illustration work for Book of Kindness by Rita Elaine Fishburn-Gibbs

2010

-London - Released EP ‘Alma Nofear with Magic Cousins, and the singel ‘ & the Confidantes’ 

-Nijmegen - Exhibited ‘Hunt for teeth’ porcelain, inlayed gold and video installation at the ‘Wellcome to the body’.

A collaboration with the Wellcome Museum at Marzee Gallery.

-London - Alma Nofear Music performance at Whitechapel Art Gallery

-Copenhagen - Alma Nofear Music performance at Copenhagens Jazzfestival

-London - Commission ‘Shakespeare’s mask’. Gold-plated copper mask set with various precious stones provided by a fine jewellery by Victoria station. Exhibited at the Globe theatre. The mask was the prize in a charity treasure hunt event.

2009

-London - Recorded a live EP at Maida Vale Studion BBC

-Interim exhibition at the Royal College of Art - Exhibited journal photographs from a month long honeymoon trip in Mexico.

-London - Exhibited ‘Bronze cast bees’ at Dray Walk Gallery. Show was part of an European touring New Era show. 

-London - South square trust scholarship award 

-Nijmegen - Exhibited ‘War child’s coat’ in ‘Overcoat’ at the Marzee gallery 

2008

-New York - Music performance at Fanny Gentle’s Solo show at ’31 Grand’

-London - Sir John Cass dep. end of year show 'Troll doll' carved reindeer horn dolls with silver riveted limbs.

2007

-London - Alma Nofear music project started doing live performances

-Sir John Cass department end of year show. Showcasing female silver body inspired by the mass-grave at Crossbones graveyard near London Bridge which was the burial pit south of the river for criminals, (fallen) women and bastard children. Along with a red enamelled leg in solid silver as a milagro for an elderly lady.

'One morning on the bus from Dalston to my work at a jewellery shop, an elderly lady fell and cut her leg badly when she was getting on the bus. Her skin was cut open and had wrinkled its way like a a folding fan up over her shin, the leg was pouring blood. I held her leg up until the ambulance arrived. The ambulance got lost on its way there, so it took a long time to get to where we were held up. While we chatted I left my phone number for her to get in touch, to let me know that she had been taken care of. But I never heard from her.

Her coagulated blood which was still on my arms as I showed up for work left an impression on me for a long time after I had washed it off, and the intrigue of wounds and their stories began'.

contact: anna@amhedman.com