Two Parallel Now
Two parallel Now was created for the Olle Olsson house in Solna 2003. It is a small museum where the artist Olle Olsson lived and worked. During that time Meta Isæus-Berlin worked as a Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, she was a full-time mother and had a comprehensive international career with many foreign trips and plenty of work. She felt she was disoriented all the time.
But to make the world come together, to make it stable she always had an inner picture of how everything should be, a mental model. In her mind, the rest of the world could crash, but it did not matter because she would have such a strong sense of grounding.
The installation was first built at the Olle Olsson house, in two different rooms, at SSE it is made as two parallel rooms. In one room, there is chaos. The wallpaper is hanging, the furniture is broken and torn, the clothes seem, fragile like thin paper. The furniture is from Berlin’s actual family home.
The second room, “the inner space”, is an exact copy of the other. In that room Meta Isæus-Berlin created a peaceful environment. It was structured with organza fabric and was the epitome of perfection.
Now at the School of Economics, the two rooms carries with them a form of theatricality as the viewer can see them both, frontally and compare the inner and outer models of the artist’s mind.
Donated by the Bonnier Family and Laurent Leksell