Felicitas Aga is a Norwegian painter whose work engages critically and playfully with the history of stillife painting.
In her current practice, flat, sharply edged shapes are assembled to create surreal tableaux of colourful,carnivalesque figures.
Her pictorial language borrows imagery from folktales, religious iconography and street art.
Amongst other things, she is influenced by early 20th century Bauhaus artists such as Oskar Schlemmer (stereomantic figuration), Hans Bellmer, Hannah Hoech and Paul Klee.
She employs decorative motifs such as flowers, patterns, domestic objects, embroidery, using a method of source gathering that reflects the unpredictability of the metropolitan existence, increasingly informed by digital media and other mixes of culturally diverse images.
Stillife has played a central role in her work for years.
She explores its secretiveness, its superficial harmlessness.
She uses the vocabulary of the stillife freely, with a degree of abstraction.
Ambiguity is key.