Emelie Sandström’s (b.1986, Stockholm) practice stems from a research into traditional techniques and materials, and a fascination in the timeless way in which religion and mysticism use enchantment and fear to construct faith and induce social stability. Producing sculptures with hard materials like wood, bronze, and stained glass, she brings these considerations from the social to the psychological, and takes advantage of these structures to tell a very different story, a story of coping with mental health, obsessive behaviours and anxiety, which is at the source, and often reenacted, by the enchanting objects she creates. Sandström graduated with an MFA from Malmö Art Academy in 2015 and was exhibited at Salgshallen (Oslo, 2022), Ravinen kultur (Båstad, 2021), NEVVEN (Gothenburg, 2020 and 2019), Galleri Pina (Vienna, 2018), Galleri Thomassen (Gothenburg, 2018), Galerie A.M.180 (Prague, 2018), Malmö Konstmuseum (Malmö, 2017), Ystads Konstmuseum (Ystad, 2017), Galleri Ping Pong (Malmö, 2016), Galleri Riis (Stockholm, 2015), and Galleri Nicolai Wallner (Copenhagen, 2015) among others. Her work is included in the public collection of Malmö Konstmuseum, Bror Hjorts Hus, Region Skåne, Lunds Kommun, Uppsala Kommun, and Uppsala Läns Landsting. Sandström lives and works in Malmö, Sweden.