I make work that pushes the boundaries of the concept of graphic design. As an applied art, many envision design as a structured concentration with no room to bend rules. People make the mistake of assuming that rules can’t be broken and boundaries can not be pushed. My view of design is quite contrary to popular belief. As an artist, I strive to make work that is design oriented and portrays profound themes or concepts in an appealing manner. My most recent work has incorporated the impact that my grandfathers Alzheimer disease has had on me into a series of paintings, wall sculptures, and short films that represent the deterioration of his memory and his regression to a childlike state. Although the work portrays a very dark and profound subject matter, the physical aspect of it remains light and somewhat minimalistic. My art holds a great amount of symbolism, which is embodied by the use of many mixed mediums. My most recent paintings depicted Stockholm, Sweden, the country of my grandfather’s origin and the place where the majority of our memories were shared. The paintings consist of exceedingly saturated colors that could be compared to those seen in today’s children’s toys. This choice of color symbolizes his retrogression to the mindset of a child, who enjoys playing with colorful items and laughs at anything you put in front of them. A large portion of these paintings are left white and are drawn on in simple, geometric lines and shapes which represent the loss and deterioration of his memory. My wall sculptures are a figurative response to the concept of Alzheimer and the connections it has to my interest in horseback riding, a passion of mine that my grandfather introduced me to at a young age. This introduction to horses is a memory that has had a tremendous impact on my life; I now own three horses and devote all the time I can to their wellbeing. Apart from the horses, this experience serves as a symbol for all of the memories I shared with my grandfather that he has lost and will never regain. The sculptures are constructed by overlapping white painted pieces of wood, creating a visible shadow in between each board. Nailed to the white boards are raw fragments of unpainted wood that serve to epitomize the impact that this cherished memory has had on my life. I later weaved braided horsehair throughout the pieces, connecting the nails and forming a unique geometric pattern throughout the series. These connections emblematically link our memories with the country we both consider to be our home, Sweden. Creating this work helps me cope with my life’s current circumstances.