Quelle Surprise! is a vax crayon drawing Marika made in Paris. I fell in love with this work immediately when I saw it. It was super simple and stylish, yet there was unintentional humour in it. “At first, the character’s hand was in the ass,” Marika said, warts and all. “Then I made some corrections! I think it’s quite nice now.”
With its handwritten typography, Quelle Surprise! reminds of an art print or a poster. In the exhibition space, the work is placed near the Mattsson & Mattsson graphic design agency’s desk, to brighten up the day. It is mounted quite high on the wall, like an accent above a letter. The drawing is a great example of how the subject matter of a piece of artwork needs not be fully explained, delineated or understood. It can still bring energy to its surroundings.
To me, this intuitively made work describes the exhibition process better than anything. The original plan has been developed, updated, corrected and even rescheduled. Even if we’ve worked with the concept and the ideas for a year now, the final form of the exhibition comes as a surprise even to me and the artists.