Moa Israelsson Forsberg biography

photo: Per-Erik Adamsson

Born in Ljungby 1982 I Lives and works in Åkers Styckebruk, Sweden.


Spirituality, folklore and occult attributes. Isolation, melancholy and decay. Born out of an interest in rural America, the wilderness and what could be described as the dark sides of American culture, Moa Israelsson Forsberg examines a borderland between reality and fiction. In some sense, her process borders on sociological methodology. With a restrained and evocative expression, Israelsson Forsberg evokes hard-to-define depopulated communities, often inhospitable and occasionally frightening, which become venues where alienation is depicted with dystopian design. With unparalleled craftsmanship and materials such as rebar, polyester, acrylic and polyurethane composite plastics, she produces work with striking naturalism. But in the realistic depictions of amulets and talismans, Israelsson Forsberg occasionally reveals their components. A glimpse of rebar here, of steel wire there. The illusion is shattered and becomes an analogy for the fiction that seeps into reality.


Israelsson Forsberg studied at the Royal University College of Fine Arts, Stockholm, 2005-2010 and at Konstskolan Idun Lovén, Stockholm 2002 – 2005. Her works have been exhibited extensively in various solo- and group shows. She has received several grants, such as Stiftelsen Marianne och Sigvards Bernadottes Konstnärsfond, 2013 and Konstnärsnämndens work grant, 2014. Her works are included in private and public collections.