Alberte Skronski (b.1995) is a Danish born artist. Working primarily with papier mache, cardboard, and styrofoam, her practice is based around video, installation, performance, and sculpture. For the past 3 years, she has been studying at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm and graduated with her BFA in the spring of 2022. 

Working with a concept she describes as “Radical Happiness”, Skronski creates “children’s tv for adults”. She uses humour and laughter as activistic tools to combat detrimental stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol.

Skronski has had multiple solo shows in Stockholm and Copenhagen and her work has been exhibited in places such as Nicolai Kunsthal, Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, and Galleri Christoffer Egelund; some of her pieces are on permanent display in New York City as part of her Artist in Residency program with Mark Cross.

From the exhibition AT HOME

My videos and installations are like children’s TV for adults. I want to attain that same sense of wonder and happiness one would experience watching cartoons on Saturday morning as a child, losing yourself completely in a world where everything is possible. In cartoons there are no rules, they are a suspension of reality where you don’t have to respect natural laws nor human limitations – or anything, really. Working around a concept I call “radical happiness” I use humour and laughter as activistic tools to handle the harsh reality we reside in. By making myself laugh (and hopefully others to) I try and counteract the effects of detrimental stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline to combat the depressing sides of human experience. 

I use a lot of recycled materials in my practice, building the majority of my pieces with old cardboard, papier-mâché and other obviously “fake” materials.  By making everything myself, from scratch, nothing is coincidental when it comes to colour, size, or level of detail. Changing the look, material and proportionality of certain objects allows me to enhance the grotesque and surreal and steer away from the natural to a place somewhere in the borderland between fantasy and reality. I want to cut away any unnecessary details and reduce objects to an emojified version of real life.

Alberte made her first solo exhibition AT HOME in Magenta gallery. She is part of the new curatorial team.