Face of Madness is an ongoing collaboration between Karin Eklund and Madelen Rensmo. It’s a collaboration that’s been going on since we first met in 2009. The name was born when Madelen challenged Karin to attend the family dinner wearing a bike helmet, a challenge that of course was accepted, resulting in the comment ”you tow give madness a face” from Karin’s father.
Since then it’s a kind of madness we strive for in all our joint projects. We address serious social issues in a sometimes brutal and often humorous manner. We question, and hope to make others question, the way the world works (or doesn’t work). We don’t mind provoking people in order to get a reaction. But we don’t concentrate solely on the flaws in society, we also like to draw attention to the positive aspects of life at the same time. We love contradictions. We won’t hesitate to use ourselves as a tool in our projects and we’re not afraid to make a fool of ourselves in the process, which often results in us going to the extreme to make a point.
The reason we started Face of Madness was because we wanted to see what would happen when our different styles and approaches, to both life and art, are combined. Our individual work can be pretty extreme and in our collaboration we’re not afraid to go even further.
To see Madelen Rensmos individual work visit her homepage at madelenrensmo.com