Filling the Void: Ella Wang Olsson
Presented by The Grey Space
A Vlog to the Loo and Back dives into topics of the internet, capitalist hypnotism, over-consumption, and the attempts to find peace and hope amidst the pending doom of our suffering world. The works in this show introduce you to the internet phenomenon known as ‘Mukbang’, a trend where people post videos of themselves eating online. At the same time, the collection reflects on the inescapability of ‘trends’ in our ever-connected reality. Through staging and reproduction, Ella creates an immersive experience, hoping to share her thoughts and simultaneously attempting to find hope and escape in her paintings.
Ella Wang Olsson (she/they) is a half-Chinese, half-Swedish, multidisciplinary artist currently based in the Hague. Her works combine the digital with the analog, merging hand-made images like drawings and paintings with video projections and sound, creating an immersive space for viewers to roam around in. Ella also likes performing live, and improvising as an MC.
Her current practice surrounds the observation of our increasing relationship with the internet, using references to social media’s visual language and sounds to comment on how this reflects on our digitally traumatized generation. The internet is telling of our priorities, identity, and concerns in the 21st century, but can it answer the questions of our existence? Can it teach us a new pathway from suffering to utopia? Or have we lost track completely, fallen into the dystopia of a matrix-induced coma?
Ella graduated from the KABK in 2022 and is now living as a freelance artist between the Hague and Rotterdam.
Filling the Void is developed by The Grey Space to help stimulate The Hague’s environment for young creatives and emerging artists by offering a platform for short presentations and is curated by Yannik Güldner.
Do you want to fill the void on an empty evening at The Grey Space? Are you still in the art academy, a recent graduate, an emerging artist or designer and looking for a space to present? Or have a series that always wanted to see the light of day? Do you want to get feedback on your latest creation and start a conversation with an audience? Submit your work!